Munya in trouble with MPs over controversial used cars policy

Trade CS Peter Munya before the National Assembly Committee on Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Committee on May 7, 2019, where he responded to questions on the status of the used cars policy. PHOTO JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The National Automotive Policy seeks to lower the age limit of imported used cars, with engine capacities higher than 1500cc from eight years to five years by July 2019, three years by July 2021 and zero years by July 2023.
  • In April, a meeting called by the Industry, Trade and Cooperatives ministry to validate the draft policy turned chaotic after industry players demanded that their views be incorporated first. 
  • MPs slammed the brakes on the policy on Tuesday, after Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya admitted that industry players had not been consulted.

The proposal by the government to reduce the age of imported used cars from eight to five years this year, as contained in the draft National Automotive Policy, hit headwinds on Tuesday after MPs called for proper consultations. 

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