Kerosene, charcoal prices rise most, hit poor homes.
Charcoal and Kerosene prices last year rose the most among goods used to calculate inflation, hurting the poor who use the commodities for lighting and cooking.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data show charcoal prices rose 70 per cent to Sh141 per a four-kilogramme tin in December—recording the highest price last year.
Kerosene came in second with a 46 per cent to Sh106 a litre.
The charcoal price surge is linked to a ban on logging while that of kerosene is attributed to tax increase targeted at discouraging unscrupulous traders from fuel adulteration.
“Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ Index, increased by 0.07 per cent in December 2018 compared to November 2018,” said KNBS.
The government on February 24 suspended logging in public forests, triggering a sharp rise in timber and charcoal prices.
A four-kilogramme tin of charcoal retailed at an average of Sh83 before the ban.
In November, the government extended the anti-logging ban for a year in the push to boost forest cover — which has been diminishing in recent years and remains far below the UN minimum recommended level of 10 percent.