The Government plans to increase the price of kerosene by Sh21 per litre over the next one year to tame fuel adulteration. However, the move could hurt poor households across the country. The fuel, used by rural and poor urban households for lighting and cooking, has also been abused by unscrupulous oil dealers that use it to increase volumes of diesel and super petrol.
This would mean the retail price of the fuel would increase to Sh100 a litre in Nairobi based on today’s pump price of Sh78.22 per litre.
In a new proposal, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) wants the National Treasury to increase kerosene taxes to be at par with taxes levied on diesel with expectations that this will bring down fuel adulteration.
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