Babu Owino, the member of parliament for Embakasi East, is against the Kenyan government’s proposal to implement a 5% tax on wigs, false beards, and eyebrows.
The proposed tax, which is included in the Finance Bill 2023, aims to generate Ksh2.8 trillion in the next fiscal year.
However, Owino strongly believes that Kenyans, who are already struggling with the high cost of living, should not be overburdened further with such taxes.
Owino argues that the proposed tax on wigs and weaves will negatively affect tourism in the country since Kenyan women are the biggest tourist attraction.
He maintains that the government should not steal from ladies, and making these essential products expensive for Kenyan women will have dire consequences for the country’s economy.
Babu Owino made a humorous remark about how the government could potentially impose a tax on the air we breathe while taking a dig at President William Ruto’s administration.
He emphasized that everything in Kenya is being taxed, including food, clothing, education, medicine, and housing, leaving Kenyans feeling the financial strain.
Therefore, Owino calls on the government to reconsider its decision to impose an additional tax on wigs and other personal grooming products as they are fundamental to the lives of most Kenyan women.
Raising taxes on such essential products would hurt the women and be detrimental to the country’s economy.