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Wary of Inflation, Kenya Lawmakers Push to Halve Cooking Gas Tax

  • Treasury’s plan to double levies on digital services rejected
  • Rising living costs are a key issue as nation prepares to vote
Vegetable sellers at Toi market in Nairobi, Kenya.
Vegetable sellers at Toi market in Nairobi, Kenya.Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg

Kenyan lawmakers seek to cut or block proposed tax increases on key items, including cooking gas and digital services, to curb inflation ahead of August elections.

The value-added tax on cooking gas should be halved to 8% “to protect Kenyans from the growing cost of living,”  Gladys Wanga, the chairwoman of the legislature’s finance committee, said during a session in the National Assembly on Thursday. Consumers have been paying 16% VAT on the gas for almost a year.