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We don’t want to listen to UDA’s decoys until we get done with budget – Robert Alai

Monday, June 10th, 2024 15:12 | By
MCA Robert Alai. PHOTO/@robertalai/Instagram
MCA Robert Alai. PHOTO/@robertalai/Instagram

Kileleshwa Member of County Assembly (MCA), Robert Alai claims internal wrangles within the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA is a decoy to distract Kenyans from the upcoming 2024/2025 financial year budget.

Alai was reacting to a video he shared on his X account on June 10, 2024, in which former Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru showed support for Deputy Rigathi Gachagua over perceived persecutions by some UDA politicians.

In Alai's view, the infighting in UDA is nothing more than a political attempt to distract Kenyans from the proposed 2024 Finance Bill, in which more new taxes will be introduced if passed.

Alai insisted that Kenyans would not be distracted by the wrangles in UDA until the budget is adopted.

He also added that Waruguru should not be among those threatening anyone with her statements. 

“Waruguru threatening us. Awuoro the confidence in some people.  Let me tell you, people. We don’t want to listen to the decoys of UDA until we get done with the budget,” Alai wrote.

MCA Robert Alai. PHOTO/@robertalai/Instagram
MCA Robert Alai. PHOTO/@robertalai/Instagram

UDA wrangles

As seen in the video, Waruguru asserts that she will not be intimidated after showing her support to Deputy President Gachagua, citing that President Ruto had sworn during an interview that he would not treat Rigathi as the previous government did to him.

“Ruto sweared on national Television that hatawahi tesa naibu wake Rigathi gachagua. Nasema hivyo kama rafiki yake, mtoto wetu asiteswe. Nasema hivyo kwasababu tukisema Rigathi ni wetu tunaitwa wakabila. Hakuna mtu hana kwao. Rigathi awe mzuri ama mbaya, he is our man at the top,” Waruguru said.

Despite the wrangles, Waruguru promised her support regardless of what happens, asking church leaders to intervene and arrange a meeting between the two political leaders.

“We are fully behind Rigathi Gachagua na tusiuziwe uoga.There’s need to put our leaders into accountability. Kama hawa wawili hawazungumzi waitwe na bishops na wazee, waketi waulizwe ni shetani mgani tukimee yeye nchi iweze kusonga mbele,” Waruguru added.

Currently, the proposed 2024 Finance Bill has faced several oppositions among being the introduction of a 5% motor vehicle circulation tax, and a 16% VAT tax on bread.

According to a survey that was recently conducted by Infotrak, 87% of Kenyans are opposed to the introduction of the 16% VAT on bread.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga recently criticised the Finance Bill 2024 saying it goes against the hopes of Kenyans who expected a reduction in tax burdens.

“Should it be ratified, low-income people will be hit with taxes on multiple fronts and will end up paying more than people with higher incomes,” Raila said.

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