Government Given Red Light for an Increase in the Cost of Life

The constant increase in the cost of life has created a fuss amongest Kenyans especially through the various social media platforms owing to the high market prices of consumer goods.

Majority believe that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure low cost of life amongest Kenyans from all walks of life.

For several months now, the price of one of Kenya’s basic commodity has been high in the shelves. In fact, at some point last year, Kenyans had to go weeks if not days without Unga which is the main food for consumption by a majority of Kenyans.

Kenyans had to persevere in long queues under the scorching sun before they could have this basic commodity. Well, perhaps that just explains why Unga is a staple food for many and practically unavoidable.
For that reason, many rejoiced when the government promised to contain the situation by reducing the price of Unga in the market. But as it is currently, that seems to remain a tale that only the government, through the ministry of Agriculture will have to tell.

Kenyans have been forced to live lives of empty promises from the government in the recent months over their efforts to contain and make the price of Unga affordable.
I chose to call them empty promises because contrary to what the outgoing Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Willy Bett assured Kenyans in the past months, the price of Unga has for long remained unaffordable to a majority of them.

Additionally, there are speculations that the cost of this commodity is set to further rise again in the coming days, a fact that is worrisome to many owing to the “Njaanuary” hardships.

Recently, Kenyans have been complaining of the increasing electricity costs from the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) which enjoys a wider monopolistic market share in the supply of electricity in the country.
Many allege that KPLC are on a move to recover over Ksh. 10 billion worth of levies differed on fuel costs in the past year, 2017.

KPLC has however stated and maintained that the increasing cost of electricity is due to the fact that they under-charged their customers for months of November and December in 2017.

The government has refuted the claim stating that KPLC should charge their customers for the month of December alone.

In a recent statement issued on Monday, Energy CS Charles Keter however stated that “the increase in electricity tariff was due to an upgrade in the billing mechanism by the power utility.”

Apparently, this whole issue drew the attention of both the government after lawyer Apollo Mboya threatened to file a suit challenging the power plant on behalf of consumers to complain about an abuse of market dominance by overcharging their consumers.
“KPLC has engaged in a conduct that is unconscionable contrary to section 56 and 57 of the Competition Act of 2010,” said Mboya.

Kenyans have since taken to social media to condemn the increased cost of electricity.

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