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Why kerosene and diesel prices will soon be uniform - 12 months ago, 16 Apr 11:34

Neville Otuki

Kerosene prices are set to rise to the level of diesel as the government moves to prevent unscrupulous traders from using it to blend diesel and petrol for higher margins. Petroleum principal secretary Andrew Kamau said the impending tax increase is also part of a wider plan to discourage use of kerosene for cooking and lighting in favour of clean energy sources. “In the near future, we are likely to see an increase in tax on kerosene to match that of diesel in a bid to reduce adulteration of diesel with kerosene,” said Mr Kamau. Kerosene is currently priced at Sh20 below diesel, making it a suitable blend for petroleum products for traders looking for higher profit margins. Lower tax on paraffin was originally meant to cushion low-income households that use it for lighting and cooking from high cost of living but profit-hungry traders have turned it into a dirty ...
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