New taxes cut appetite for kerosene, hurt poor

The idea of fighting adulteration is hinged on a simple concept: increasing the price of kerosene such that unscrupulous traders find it unprofitable to buy it and mix with diesel for sale it to unsuspecting users.

But while the case for fighting adulteration is genuine, as well as the need to forestall damaging effects of kerosene on the environment, the levies have proved extremely punitive to the poor – rural and urban.

To put it into perspective, last week the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced that Kerosene consumption has dropped by 75 per cent following a Sh18 tax per litre tax introduced on the fuel.

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