BY SAM ALFAN.
High Court has quashed the decision by Kenya Revenue Authority to adjust exercises duty rates for Petroleum products.
Justice James Makau temporary quashed the Commissioner decision pending hearing and determination of a judicial review application filed by Isaiah Yatta.
“A temporary conservatory orders quashing the decision by the commissioner General of Kenya Revenue Authority to adjust exercise duty rates for Petroleum products effective October 1,2021 subject to approval by the cabinet secretary Treasury and National Planning is hereby issued pending hearing and determination of the Petition”, ordered Judge Makau.
The judge also directed that the petition be served to KRA, EPRA Treasury, cabinet secretary for Petroleum and Mining and Energy CS.
a group of youth from Korogocho under the banner name UFANISI Centre moved to court to oppose the adjustment.
They asked the court to issue an order quashing the decision by KRA commissioner general Githii Mburu to adjust excise duty rates for petroleum products.
Isaiah Odando and Wilson Yata-officials of UFANISI – said KRA and EPRA have ignored proper public participation of Kenyans before adjusting the excise duty rates.
Through their lawyer Kenneth Amondi, the youths said the adjustment of excise duty is a burden to already overtaxed Kenyans.
They argue the process lacked proper public participation at a time when Kenyans are reeling from the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic thereby compromising the people’s entitlement to social justice.
The judge directed the matter to be mentioned on September 27 for purpose of taking hearing dates.