President Uhuru Kenyatta has this evening at State House, Nairobi, signed into law the 2020/21 Budget, the 2020 Finance Bill and the 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget.

The Ksh3.2 trillion 2020/21 Budget contains a Ksh 56.6 billion post-Covid-19 economic stimulus package and an allocation of Ksh128.3 billion to the government’s Big Four agenda.

The 2020 Finance Bill, which is now law, has several amendments targeted at cushioning Kenyans from the adverse effects of the pandemic.

Some of the amendments in the Finance Act include the zero rating of VAT on maize, cassava and wheat flour for six months to make unga affordable.

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The new Finance Act also extends the zero rating of VAT on cooking gas for one year.

The third 2019/20 supplementary budget of Ksh18.4 billion was approved by the National Assembly to address the Covid-19 health crisis and other emerging challenges.

The Supplementary Budget includes Ksh5 billion allocated to counties for coronavirus response and Ksh3.4 billion earmarked for Covid-19 allowances to front-line health workers.

The signing ceremony was attended by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani and National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.

Also present were Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogeto, Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai and State House Deputy Chief-of-Staff Njee Muturi.

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