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Firm proposes reduction of power bill taxes

Noven Owiti @PeopleDailyKe

Kenya Power (KP) has proposed a waiver of taxes charged on power bills as part of reducing burden on consumers, managing director Ken Tarus has said.

Tarus said the company is in talks with Treasury over the proposal to do away with the hefty taxes imposed on power. The move, he said, would form part of the strategies aimed at bringing down the cost of electricity for Kenyans.

Tarus disclosed that taxes alone constitute 71 per cent of the power bills and that the country could have a drop of about 60 per cent in power costs should the plan go through.

“There is serious need to eliminate these colossal levies for Kenyans to enjoy affordable cost of electricity,” he said.

Tarus stated that KP was also considering other avenues of lowering the cost of power such as introduction of energy mix in its supply mechanism, which will involve exploration and use of other nuclear energy sources. He said that the company was extending some power lines and stations across the country in order to improve supply.

Tarus singled out the Narok-Bomet power line whose construction he said would be completed before the end of this year and is expected to generate an additional 80 megawatts of power.

“The main objective is to increase our productivity and mitigate the occasional power rationing we have been experiencing in parts of the country,” said Tarus, adding that the plans are in line with the government Big Four development pillars.

Speaking during large power customers’ engagement forum in Kisumu, Tarus assured consumers and manufacturers in Western Kenya that the recurrent power surges in the region will be a thing of the past in a span of six months after the ongoing extension programmes are complete.

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