Education CS Ezekiel Machogu

Belio Kipsang, the principal secretary for education, has disclosed the intention of implementing a new tax on select imported junk food items in order to finance the school feeding scheme.


During her Tuesday, June 11 appearance before the Departmental Committee on Education of the National Assembly, Kipsang disclosed that the Ministry was in discussions with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over the potential implementation of a tax on imported junk food.



He provided a thorough explanation of how to ringfence the levy to ensure that all proceeds would support the feeding initiative.


The PS clarified that the levy's implementation represented just one of the tactics used to finance the initiative, which was facing budgetary difficulties.


He said that there was a strategy to advocate for allocating 2.5 percent of the nation's income to the initiative.


"He further announced that the ministry was in negotiations with the Kenya Revenue Authority to introduce a ringfenced levy on imported junk food to support the national feeding programme," read a portion of the statement in parliament.


However, the ministry withheld more information, such as the charge rate and potential commencement date.


Kenyans are renowned for consuming a variety of processed meats, including bacon, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and sweets, along with sugary drinks.

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