Ruto announces cheaper gas prices
Kenyans will from June 2023 purchase gas cylinders between Sh300 and Sh500.
The current price of the commodity ranges from Sh2000 and Sh3000.
President William Ruto announced the significant reduction of the gas prices on March 2, 2023.
The Head of State spoke at the re-launch of the Women Enterprise Fund and the Second Product of the Hustler Fund at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
“We will allocate money that will enable us to reduce cooking gas prices, we will do away with taxes and enable our women to cook without thinking about their health,” he explained.
He noted that a larger percentage of women in the country are using firewood to cook at home which poses health risks.
“We are heading to the use of clean energy. This is why we will lower the prices of gas cylinders,” added Ruto.
The announcement comes a week after the President promised to remove the tax on cooking gas. He spoke at the launch of Taifa Gas in Mombasa and directed Energy CS Davis Chirchir to start working to ensure that the plan is actualized.
The plant worth about Sh18 billion is owned by Taifa Gas, the largest LPG gas dealer in Tanzania, founded by billionaire Rostam Aziz.
The entry of Taifa Gas into the country is part of a bilateral trade deal between Kenya and Tanzania signed during the tenure of Ruto’s predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenyans have had to shoulder the increased cost of living in the country, with prices of food, fuel and gas among those affected.
Currently refilling a 13kg gas cylinder in Nairobi costs between Sh1700 and Sh2000 depending on factors such as type and location.