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Fuel tax rebellion: Kenyans’ donations to activist Omtata now at Sh370k

By EVELYNE MUSAMBI September 25th, 2018 1 min read

Donations to activist Okiya Omtata has reached Sh370,000 as generous Kenyans lend him a hand to pursue public interest litigations.

Mr Omtata started receiving donations last Friday after Kenyans online started a campaign to thank him for his lawsuits challenging government decisions.

The activist has already filed a case challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new tax imposed on petroleum products.

In the petition, Mr Omtatah says the tax, which came into effect on September 1, is irregular and unlawful. He argues that implementation of the tax is contrary to Article 47 of the constitution and has impacted negatively on costs of essential goods and commodities.

The activist told Nairobi News that he has no plans of utilising the money donated for now until further consultations. He added that every cent spent from the donations will be accounted for.


“I was not part of the people who made the appeal and so I can’t take it as personal money. I will lock it on M-Shwari and await consultations and ensure I utilize it in an accountable manner,” Omtata told Nairobi News.

The donations to Mr Omtatah started after a Facebook user appealed to every ‘working’ Kenyan to send a Sh10 donation to the activist.

The user explained that the donation would be as a form of kurudisha mkono and for ‘photocopy and bus fare’.

“Every working Kenyan should M-Peas Omtata Sh10 for photocopy bus fare na lunch. It should total Sh240 million,” wrote Kaka Baba.

The donations are being sent via M-Pesa to 0722 684777.