President William Ruto on Friday, February 24 addressed the cost of cooking gas, stating that he will remove all taxes leveled on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Speaking in Dongo Kundu, Ruto said that his government is working on an ambitious program to ensure that local cooking gas is made affordable.
“In the next three years, all Kenyan houses will have cooking gas which is way affordable,” Ruto said.
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“We are going to remove all taxes that are currently being levied on cooking gas so that we can make sure that every household in the Republic of Kenya has access to affordable LPG and we eliminate the wood fuel,” Ruto added.
The Head of State further directed top officials at the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited (KPC) to expand local terminal storage capacity of LPG gas to make it available countrywide.
Ruto was launching the construction of the Taifa Gas LPG terminal in Mombasa, the President asked KPC top managers to increase capacity that will provide reservoirs for cheaper LPG gas from Tanzania.
The project that is aimed at lowering the cost of cooking gas in Kenya will see an increase in capacity from 30,000 tones to 45,000 tones of LPG gas.
“I have ordered these officials to ensure that we have enough local capacity to store and process this gas in order to save our mothers from dangerous biomass cooking,” Ruto said.
The President explained that he expects government institutions, including secondary schools, to transit from biomass to LPG gas.
“By 2025, we expect all our schools and other institutions to have put in place mechanisms that ensure a modern way of cooking-by-cooking gas,” Ruto said.
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