Basics remain expensive despite welcome tax relief


What you need to know:

  • In an attempt to bring down the cost of food, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich waived import taxes on maize and removed VAT taxes on bread and maize flour.  
  • A two-packet kilo of maize flour sold at between Sh142 and Sh187, depending on brand and the supermarket from which one buys.
  • “I am a consumer too, so watching these increases in price have been nerve-racking,” he said.

Kenyans have been forced to tighten their belts as the prices of basic goods, particularly food and fuel, continue to soar, new data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows.


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