16% on cooking gas takes effect from today.
Starting today, July 1, 2021, you will part with a whopping 2,600 shillings to refill a 13-kilogram gas cylinder, an increase of 700 shillings as new taxes take effect.
At the same time, Kenyans who use a 6-kilogram gas cylinder for cooking and heating will part with between 1,250 and 1300 from 800 shillings a few days ago.
The National Treasury reintroduced 16 percent LPG in an effort to raise more taxes to fund what has been described as an “overambitious budget” of 3.6 trillion shillings.
The reintroduction of 16 on cooking gas goes against the government’s promise of zero-rating the same. Zero-rating was ment to place more Kenyans on clean modes of cooking.
The increase in the price of cooking gas is likely to push more Kenyans into using firewood and charcoal, further cutting into the country’s forest cover.
Stats show that more than 60 percent of Kenyan households use unclean cooking modes including the use of kerosene which has been blamed for deaths among Kenyans and kids below the age of 5.
The use of kerosene for cooking and heating is also likely to go up, again going again the promise by this government of moving Kenyans to clean ways of cooking.
The rise in prices of cooking gas comes at a time Kenyans are struggling with a high cost of living that has seen basic commodities increase in prices.
“This government is taxing almost everything. The only thing they haven’t started taxing is the air we breathe. But soon, it will be taxed,” said Mrs. Rosemary, a vegetable vendor from Nakuru.
“It seems we are on our own. The Big Brother wants to eat and we must find that lifestyle through taxes. We are on our own,” said Mr. Cyprian Onyango, a cereal vendor at Ngara market.
Kenyans are just about to experience one of the most expensive financial years.