Kenyans have suffered more pain as they will have now have dig deeper into their pockets to refill their gas cylinders.
The price of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) which is the most used form of fuel especially in the urban regions has been on a steady rise and the trend seems to continue.
In a statement released by Rubis Energy, Kenyans will however have to pay more for the commodity, effective today midnight.
According to the giant energy company, the dealers are acquiring 6Kg gas at Kshs 1,243, exclusive Value Added Tax (VAT). The price shoots to Kshs 1,441.88 upon adding Kshs 198.88 16% VAT, and thus the end consumer will have to part with Kshs 1,560 to refill the cylinder.
Refilling 13Kg gas cylinder will now cost you Kshs 3,340 while 35Kg refill will cost you Kshs 8,760.
The cause of the rise
Energy companies have largely attributed the rise to the restoration of the 16% VAT which had been earlier on suspended by the government as a way cautioning Kenyans amid the global pandemic.
The hike has also been linked to the high cost of petroleum products which has greatly affected logistics.
Further, the current war between Russia and Ukraine has an impact on the increase. Russia is one of the world's largest producers of oil and gas and the current situation has ripple effects on global economy.
Government's stand on increased cost of living
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena recently claimed that the increased cost of living is as a result of COVID-19.
According to her, countries are currently struggling to get back on their feet owing to the impacts brought about by lockdowns and other Covid-19 measures.
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