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Find out why NGO wants a tax increase on sugar products

This is part of efforts to encourage healthier diets

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK), has put forward a proposal to increase the tax on sugar

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK), has put forward a proposal to increase the tax on sugar, soft drinks and high sugar content food products as part of efforts to encourage healthier diets, control obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

"Impose a tax on sugary drinks and drinks that add sugar as ingredients. Just as taxing tobacco helps to reduce tobacco use, taxing sugar drinks can help reduce the consumption of sugars," COFEK said in a statement.

The proposal drafted by the lobby group was sent National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani who is in the process of finalising the National Budget statement for the 2022/23 financial year.

According to COFEK tax on sugary drinks would enable policy makers to improve health outcomes by reducing unhealthy consumption, and may help generate additional tax revenue for more spending on human capital through soft earmarking.

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The lobby group also wants the government to place a tax levy on both alcoholic with added sugar.

Kenyans will also enjoy free Internet should MPs adopt proposals by the lobby group which said that Government could raise more internet resources by imposing Value Added Tax (VAT) on products, services, and products sold through the internet.

"Ideally, the internet should be made free so that it becomes a platform for enabling and unlocking the huge potential of multi-billion e-commerce. Government can then raise more resources with VAT on products, services, and products sold through the internet."

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CS Yatani on Monday announced that the budget estimates would be presented to the August House on April 7.

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