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Treasury targets coal excise duty as President Ruto backs local mining plans.

The government is considering introducing excise duty on coal to boost revenues, following President Ruto's support for local coal mining. The draft 2024 Budget Policy Statement suggests excise duty on coal as a potential tax source, although the rate is unspecified. Heavy industries, such as cement and steel manufacturers, use coal as a low-cost energy source. Kenya has substantial coal reserves in the Mui Basin, and the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority notes its suitability for industrial heating and power generation. Three licensed coal generation plants have a total capacity of 58.5 megawatts for power generation.This move raises questions about the balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability, given the impact of coal usage on climate change. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/bd/economy/treasury-targets-coal-excise-duty-as-president-ruto-backs-local-mining-plans-4479552

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  • George Kariuki

    14 w

    Very disappointing. It raises serious concerns about environmental sustainability and Kenya's commitment to climate action.

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    • johnte ndeto

      14 w

      Coal mining should not be a source of revenue to the government as this would translate to encouraging the mining activities

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      • Tabitha Kimani

        14 w

        Disappointing,coal mining should be banned since it contributes negatively to the environment

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • winnie nguru

            14 w

            The decision by the government to invest in coal mining was wrong to begin with. and now the government intends to mint money from this? ridiculous!

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            • Joseph Githinji

              14 w

              This is absurd, this move will motivate mining of coal which is going to harm the environment.

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              • Edwin wangombe

                14 w

                this is a shame, especially coming from President Ruto who is considered a climate hero for the East African region... coal belongs underneath the ground... we can do better Kenya!!!

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  14 w

                  @edwin_wangombe President William Ruto must stop this move and stay true to the course of protecting the environment.

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  14 w

                  This very disappointing, the government has to reconsider this, it will only bring more harm to the country

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    14 w

                    @elizbeth_gathigia it is a bad call from the President, the decision has to be revoked.

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                  • Johannes Luiga

                    14 w

                    Coal belongs to the past and not in the future

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      14 w

                      @Johannes_Luiga true, coal belongs underneath, President William Ruto must recall this decision.

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                    • walter lungayi

                      14 w

                      This is so heartbreaking since we are moving 3 steps back in our renewable energy transition. This should stop.

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        14 w

                        @walter_lungayi true ,this is going to delay climate action in Kenya.

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