The civil society groups have now come out to condemn the proposed increment of electricity charges by 78% saying it will tremendously affect common mwananchi economically.
The Civil Society Reference Group Chairperson David Otieno says Kenyans are already overburden by tax and that the government should initiate subsidy on the same.
“The government should subsidies the fuel ,electricity so that the hustlers ,the common mwananchi is saved from this pain again …remember this government believes that they were brought in power by hustlers then they should be ready to protect the hustlers from this burden.” He said.
“Increasing power cost means everything will shoot up and the government should also allow other firms to produce power this will help in addressing the Kenya Power monopoly.” He added.
Those consuming 50-kilowatt hours (kWh) a month, and who bear the biggest brunt of the subsidy withdrawal, will pay Sh36.92 a unit from the current Sh20.70, representing a 78.3 percent jump.
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“There is a proposal to revise the Life-Line (subsidy) consumption band for both small commercial and domestic customers from the current 100kWh/month to 30kWh/month. This will align the objectives of the lifeline/social tariff customer category with the correct social class normally defined by the level of income.” Kenya Power said.