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The poor cry as state kicks off plan to blow out 'Koroboi' - 11 months ago, 16 Maý 01:21

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Poor families will be hit hard if a proposal by the ERC to phase out kerosene through heavy taxation succeeds.

Lucy Kedogo, a 38-year-old mother of six from Munugi village, Vihiga county, says she depends on kerosene lamps, popularly known as ‘koroboi’, as a source of light.

She yesterday said, “I spend at least Sh30 daily on kerosene so my children can do their homework. My night life revolves around kerosene. It comes second to food. A slight increase in kerosene prices destabilises my budget.”

Last month, Energy Regulatory Commission director general Pavel Oimeke said the government plans to hike kerosene prices to match diesel to discourage consumers from using it.

“Instead of adding VAT on petroleum products, it may be prudent to increase taxes on kerosene to enable the government collect the equivalent Sh34 billion and in essence save our export market and protect our vehicles by consuming the best fuel,” he said.

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