Senator Okiya Omtatah urges Kenyans to fully participate in proposed 2024 finance law

Sunday, May 12th, 2024 13:50 | By
Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah
Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah. PHOTO/@OkiyaOmtatah/X

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah has called on Kenyans to actively participate in the discussions surrounding the Financial Bill 2024 by offering their contributions and proposals.

In a statement posted on his X account, Senator Omtatah insisted on the importance of public awareness and involvement in legislative processes, as mandated by Article 118(1)(b) of the Constitution.

Omtatah on Finance Bill

"It’s that time of the year again~ The Finance Bill 2024 is here. Article 118(1)(b) of the Constitution requires Parliament to facilitate public participation and involvement in legislative and other business of the Assembly and its committees," Omtatah stated.

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah. PHOTO/@OkiyaOmtatah/X
Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah. PHOTO/@OkiyaOmtatah/X

"Public awareness is great, a step in creating any type of change. I encourage everyone to take keen interest and look at the proposals and reach out to your elected representatives while also proposing ideas," he added.

Known for his advocacy on public interest matters and his legal challenges on various issues, including the 2023 financial bill, Omtatah spoke of the need for active citizen participation in shaping the country's direction.

"Challenge those in charge to not only see and acknowledge the problem, but to also make legitimate changes that will address the issues. As Kenyans, we must be willing to get involved in the direction that we want the Country to take through proposing and creating solutions rather than merely highlighting problems and do not be afraid to call into question the status quo," he concluded.

Financial Bill 2024

The Finance Bill 2024 contains several proposals aimed at bolstering revenue generation and enhancing tax compliance.

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Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah during a past press conference. PHOTO/(@OkiyaOmtatah)/X

Among the key proposals are amendments related to motor vehicle tax, withholding tax on the supply of goods to public entities, and modifications to the Data Protection Act to enable revenue authorities to access information for tax collection purposes.

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