The sports category has moved to a new website.

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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."

ADVERTISEMENT

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

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

In shadow of the business summit: The U.S. buys right to pollute Angola with toxic waste

In shadow of the business summit: The U.S. buys right to pollute Angola with toxic waste

The role of digital payments in Kenya's online gaming market

The role of digital payments in Kenya's online gaming market

EPRA announces new fuel prices  for June & July

EPRA announces new fuel prices for June & July

Kenya fulfils 6 of IMF's strict conditions in budget & Finance Bill 2024

Kenya fulfils 6 of IMF's strict conditions in budget & Finance Bill 2024

How AI is transforming the Kenyan online Casino and Cryptocurrency landscape

How AI is transforming the Kenyan online Casino and Cryptocurrency landscape

Kenya Power MD explains fate of idle prepaid meters post-upgrade deadline

Kenya Power MD explains fate of idle prepaid meters post-upgrade deadline

Explainer: What follows when an insurance company closes or collapses

Explainer: What follows when an insurance company closes or collapses

Kenya Power sets deadline for mandatory update of prepaid metres [How to update]

Kenya Power sets deadline for mandatory update of prepaid metres [How to update]

Gov't to offload shares in Stanbic Holdings, Housing Finance, & 4  other firms on NSE

Gov't to offload shares in Stanbic Holdings, Housing Finance, & 4 other firms on NSE

ADVERTISEMENT