Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

Kenya’s Court of Appeal has lifted the suspension of a controversial finance law which has led to deadly unrest.

The legislation, which allows the government to raise taxes, was frozen while a senator challenged its legality.

It had been approved by President William Ruto in June and prompted demonstrations across Kenya. More than 30 people have died in clashes between police and protesters, who were mainly opposition supporters.

The law raises the VAT on fuel products from 8% to 16%. It also introduces a 1.5% housing tax.

The ruling is likely to trigger further protests, led by veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The tax increases are expected to raise more than $2bn (£1.6bn) for the government, which is running low on funds.

By Joy

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