Kenya’s government has withdrawn several proposed taxes from this year’s controversial finance bill, including a 16% tax on bread, following widespread public outcry and protests in Nairobi.

The decision, announced by MPs, coincided with police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators, leading to multiple arrests.

President William Ruto, under pressure since taking office in 2022, aimed to reduce Kenya’s significant national debt through new taxes, but faced criticism over fears of economic stagnation and job losses.

The reversal marks a setback for Ruto’s administration, highlighting ongoing tensions over financial policies affecting daily life in Kenya.

Credit : BBC

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