The relief was announced by the authorities after the first COVID-19 case in the country. The financial relief established the reduction of income tax, value-added tax, and corporate tax by between 2 percent and 5 percent.
The measures were intended to help Kenyans and local businesses cope with the COVID-19 pandemic as tourism and agriculture sectors, the country's main economic assets, remain almost paralyzed. On Tuesday members of Parliament rejected the measures claiming they were not sustainable.
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The finance minister reported last week that the country had lost nearly $600m (£450m) in revenue since the relief was implemented.
The country is also facing a growing health challenge with increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases amid a strike by doctors working in the public sector, who denounced poor working conditions and a lack of protective equipment.