Monday, December 6, 2021

High Court quashes planned fuel price adjustments by KRA

The High Court has on Monday quashed plans by Kenya Revenue (KRA) to implement excise duty on all petroleum products, a move that would further hike the already high prices.

Two Kenyans namely Isaiah Odando and Wilson Yata had already moved to court to seek orders that would cushion Kenyans from the current fuel prices following a public outcry.

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In the latest review, KRA wanted to implement taxes as per the inflation rate subject to confirmation from the treasury and Cabinet Secretary in charge of the docket, CS Ukur Yatani.

Other products and services to be affected by the adjustment include Cigarettes, beer, bottled water, wines and spirits and imported vehicles.

Telecommunication providers could follow suit with increased prices in mobile internet services and telephone calls. All prices are subject to implementation of inflation.

Fuel prices in the country are currently at its time highest with the government being challenged to address the issue fast before Kenyans take to the streets to echo their grievances.

COTU through Secretary General Francis Atwoli called on the President to address the issue and take into consideration the recent COVID-19 pandemic that left many jobless if not with half pays.

What puzzles the country is that the price of the same commodity is cheaper in Uganda, a land locked country when we import and even supply them.

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