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“Kenyans are on their own” ODM MP voices discontent over the dialogue committee report

ODM MP Caleb Amisi expresses dissatisfaction with the recommendations submitted by the National Dialogue Committee on lowering the high cost of living. 

Saboti Member of Parliament Caleb Amisi has weighed in on the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO)’s recommendations in its final report.

In a statement via his X handle on Sunday, November 26, Amisi said he did not envisage the bipartisan recommendations to satisfy the opposition’s appetite over the high cost of living.

“If these are the proposals coming out of the national dialogue committee sitting for nighty days, on a reduction in the existential high cost of living, then this country is incorrigible for sure.

“As much as we demanded the cost of living to feature highly in the report, we never envisaged a haphazardly organized phrase to satisfy our appetite,” said Amisi.

The ODM MP went on to mention that Kenyans are on their own and should not expect miracles to happen.

“Kenyans are officially on their own. Wait for miracles at your own peril. We must disturb the stubborn status quo,” he added.

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The bipartisan committee unveiled its report on Saturday where it recommended the establishment of the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition with two deputies and the Office of the Prime Minister.

The committee also recommended the establishment of the Independent Political Parties Regulatory Commission as an independent body that shall be responsible for the registration of political parties and their office holders and the management of political parties’ funds.

On the high cost of living, the committee recommended all arms of the government reduce their travel budgets by 50 percent, SRC review daily subsistence allowances for state and public officers with a view to reducing by 30 percent, and the Ministry of Energy in liaison with the National Treasury to reduce the road maintenance levy and the anti-adulteration levy by Sh 5 and Sh 3 per liter respectively.

The committee however failed to agree on reducing VAT on fuel from 16 percent to 8 percent and doing away with the housing levy.

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