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Stand With The People On Finance Bill-Governor Nassir Tells MPs

Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir has urged Members of Paliament to make political sacrifices for the sake of Kenyans,

Nassir said party loyalty should now be put aside if it means saving Kenyans from suffering.

Public participation in the Finance Bill 2024 has ended with some Kenyans rejecting it as it is.

The National Assembly finance committee retreated for report writing and is expected to table its report in Parliament on Tuesday.

“It is now important more than ever for MPs to sacrifice for the country. I am informed that the National Assembly finance committee have proposed a lot of changes to the bill,” Nassir said.

Speaking after Eid-ul-Adha prayers at RG Ngapa primary in Mombasa on Monday, he called on all MPs from Mombasa and the Coast to consult their constituents before representing their views in Parliament.

“It is vital for the ODM MPs to take the party position after going through the report,” he said.

On the one-man-one-vote-one-shilling debate, Nassir said Kenyans’ must be careful as the formula could be deceiving.

The latest report from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows Mombasa and Kilifi counties are among the top 10 counties in contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Those counties which are heavily populated only defeat us in giving birth. There is a difference between giving birth and being productive,” Nassir said.

He said the basis of revenue share has many factors, which he said should include what one brings to the table.

 

By Matildah Obaigwa

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