Why Babu Owino wants boxers and bras to be tax exempted
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has asked the government to remove tax on underwear and bras so as to help the common mwananchi.
Speaking to Sauti TV, Owino said that it is a shame that clothing items like boxers and brassieres are still being taxed. He said other items that should be considered for tax exemption include food and housing.
“Si tuliambiwa juzi unga itakuwa Sh70, saa hii they are reducing the cost of fertilizers. Let me tell you life is all about what it is now and not what it ought to be. For me to reach tomorrow I must achieve today, and to live today we need basic needs,” Mr Owino said.
“The first basic need is food, therefore lower the prices of unga. The second basic need is clothing therefore reduce the taxes on clothing, watu wa mitumba wa reduciwe taxes. This is a country that bras, boxers and underwear is being taxed. Honestly, that is not fair. And also rent pia wareduce. So the basic needs are food, clothing, shelter and education. Fertilizers hatutakula fertilizer saa hii,” he explained.
The MP is an avid supporter of Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga.
Earlier this month he wrote a moving message to Odinga after the Supreme Court upheld President William Ruto’s election victory in last month’s General Election.
Mr Owino was first elected as MP in 2017. Previously he was a student leader at the University of Nairobi where he served for a long period of time.
In 2019, the MP, whose real name is Paul Ongili, was implicated in the near-fatal shooting a DJ inside a Nairobi night club. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and behaving in a disorderly manner.