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How celebrities reacted to the Finance bill 2024 as Kenyans wait with bated breath

The Finance Bill will 2024 will be presented in parliament next week

A collage image of Butita, Njugush and Betty Kyallo

Kenyans have gone to unprecedented lengths to voice their opposition to the bill that will add onto their burden.

From social media to actively reaching out to their elected leaders, no stone has been left unturned even as those close to President William Ruto maintain their support for the contentious bill.

Celebrities have also played their part, giving their take on the bill and unpacking how detrimental it will be to ordinary Kenyans and tax payers already shouldering a heavy burden.

One thing is certain: Should the bill sail through as it is, Kenyans will find themselves with less money in the pocket and with a heavy weight to shoulder even as critics question how billions collected by the government are spent.

The renowned entrepreneur who has built a thriving business empire leveraging on his social media management expertise and skills is not impressed with the bill and he made it known.

He even revealed that he has given up on the country even as a section of leaders close to President William Ruto remain adamant on passing the bill.

"Anyway, they pass that bill as it is. I have officially given up on this country. Nothing will change if I leave, Lakini I wanna start a family in a system that actually values tax payers. Wacha tukujange holiday Kenia." Kairo stated.

Media star Betty Kyallo is aware of the consequences and the reality that Kenyans will find themselves in should the bill sail through and has voiced her opposition.

Noting that the 2023 Finance Act saw many companies close, leaving thousands of Kenyans jobless owing to heavy taxation, the renowned journalist has boldly rejected the bill.

She weighed in, stating that the government should support its people and not torment them with heavy taxes that place their jobs on the line as a number of employers that will be impacted by the proposed taxes have already warned of possible job losses.

Comedian and content creator Njugush has made it known that he is opposed to the bill.

The talented comedian explained in an interview with Citizen TV how the bill will make situation worse for millions of Kenyans barely surviving in an economy where prices of basic commodities continue to soar as jobs and incomes shrink, going by the number of employers exiting the Kenyan market or downscaling their operations.

He consequently challenged MPs to reject the Finance Bill.

When the time to speak came, Butita who recently accompanied President William Ruto to the U.S. made it to the list of those who spoke, only that he remained non-comital.

A statement by the SPM Buzz CEO noted that creatives are not necessarily opposed to the bill but were calling for a ‘harmonised approach.’

“As a responsible citizen, I have raised some issues on the Finance bill, especially touching on the creative economy. I have engaged both formally and informally and I am confident action will be taken,” Butita said on his X.

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