Ruto now says the Ksh.300 cooking gas he promised 'not possible by June'
lowering of gas cylinder prices to a low of between Ksh.300 and Ksh.500 for a
6-kilogram barrel will not be possible by June as earlier promised, President
William Ruto said Sunday.
had on March 2 said, “In order to
reduce the gas prices we will remove the tax, the gas cylinders you buy will move from
Ksh.2800 to Ksh.300 or Ksh.500 from the month of June."
But in a joint media interview with journalists
at State House, Nairobi, the president said the plan was no longer possible
within the said timeline.
He said approval for the plan had to be made in
the next fiscal year’s budget which takes effect on July 1.
must first approve this in the budget. As of now, there is no way to waive the
tax until a new budget is passed. June 1 is not possible until we pass it through
Parliament,” Ruto said.
we had passed it through the supplementary budget, June would be possible. But
we tried to and it was not possible because it would force us to change a
however assured Kenyans the plan is still in place, saying “We have planned it
well and it is in our budget. We will also securitise the tax levied on
kerosene to lower gas prices.”
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