Zero! Zero! Zero!
This was the chant in Parliament as lawmakers on Thursday shouted to shoot down proposals to reduce VAT on fuel to eight percent.
The proposal was presented to the House by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the wake of protests against the 16 per cent tax charge on fuel.
The MPs began shouting after Minority leader John Mbadi said he supported the proposal by the president in his reservations to the Finance Bill, 2018.
“When you go down, you will find that excise tax has been removed…you now see why these MPs come here and they don’t know what they pass,” he said.
But as he continued talking, the House erupted in screams of Zero! Zero!, temporarily disrupting the business.
Assembly orderlies closed the door to prevent members from causing a quorum hitch.
The session was presided over by Narok woman representative Soipan Tuya.
Mbadi said “..they are shouting zero instead of debating.” His voice was drowned in the shouts of MPs opposed to the changes.
Ruaraka MP Tj Kajwang intercepted and temporarily managed to call the crowd to order by saying he is opposing the Bill as well.