Kenyans accuse Raila Odinga of hypocrisy for backing VAT

What you need to know:

  • Scores of other Kenyans took to social media to question Mr Odinga's 2013 Twitter post in which he opposed heavy taxation.

  • His post came moments after Parliament had passed the 16 percent VAT that Mr Kenyatta revised to eight percent.

  • “You cannot grow an economy on taxes,” Mr Odinga tweeted on May 27, 2013.

  • Asked by Mr Morris Ndegwa on how Kenya should raise development capital, Mr Odinga, in the Twitter thread, responded: “Encouraging and fostering private enterprise.”

Kenyans, including Raila Odinga's son, have hit out at the opposition kingpin after he led National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs in declaring support for President Kenyatta's proposal to impose eight percent VAT on fuel.

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