He pointed out that the Head of State should have directed manufacturers to lower prices of essential goods in line with VAT reductions. 

The outspoken Jubilee Member of Parliament in Bungoma County has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to consider the plight of poor Kenyans in his address to the Nation.

Kimilili Mp Didmus Barasa stated that the President’s speech was only good for the rich but did not capture the poor Kenyans.

Writing on social media sites, Barasa said that he was disappointed with the head of state speech because it failed to address what hails the common Mwananchi.

“In this era where coronavirus is hurting Kenyans, the president ought to have addressed their plight because a majority of them are poor and can’t afford the day’s meal, he only addressed the plight of the rich people in the society forgetting that majority Kenyans can’t afford to get a dollar a day,” he noted.

The first time Mp stated that majority Kenyans expected news like waiving of rent, water and electricity bills instead of temporal suspension of CRB listing to Small Micro Enterprise as well as corporate entities whose areas are due effective April 2020 among other issues. 

“I wish to laud the precautionary measures undertaken by the Ministry of Health to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the interventions outlined by the President fall far short of expectations. Without lowering petroleum/fuel cost, suspending rent payments considering allodial/ultimate title to all land belong to the state,” the law maker said. 

He pointed out that the Head of State should have directed manufacturers to lower prices of essential goods in line with VAT reductions. 

“Lowering CRB without reinstating interest rates cap; and wrongly assuming everyone among the economically vulnerable groups are covered under cash transfer, the President has not declared much to enable people survive the effects of Covid-19,” the legislator observed.

President Kenyatta imposed a curfew in the country from Friday March 27, that will be running from 7pm to 5am to combat the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

The head of state also asked the National Treasury to implement with immediate effect reliefs and increase disposable income to Kenyans through 100 per cent Tax Relief for persons earning gross monthly income below Sh25,000.

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