Electricity tariffs reduced by up to 15%; levies on petrol stay same

Government has announced a reduction in electricity tariff after a “difficult and tortuous” round of negotiation with Labour.

Electricity tariff has been reduced by 15%, a slash from 59% to 45%. It will apply only to consumers using 50kwh or less, also termed lifeline consumers.

For consumers using 51-300 units, they will be paying 50%.

The reduction takes effect from February 1, according to an agreement between government and the Trades Union Congress.

Meanwhile, tariffs for all other consumption bands remain unchanged.

This was contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between government and Organised Labour on the electricity tariffs and energy sector levies issued on Wednesday.

Electricity tariffs had gone up by 59.2% and 67.2% water tariffs from December 14th 2015.

Labour Unions in the country have been protesting against to register their displeasure with the ‘killer taxes and increases.’

Meanwhile the percentage increse in water tarriffs and taxes on petroleum products remain the same.

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