Kenyans will have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy beer, after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) effected a directive by the National Treasury to increase taxation for the commodity.
The increase will be in line with the annual inflation adjustment to be charged on excise commodities.
East Africa Breweries has already set the pace, with half a litre bottle of Tusker Lager going for Ksh160, Tusker Cider Ksh170, Guinness Stout Ksh180, White Cap Lager Ksh170, and Balozi Lager Ks150.
The prices have shot by Ksh10, but could be more depending on the locality.
Smirnoff vodka, Triple Ace and Gilbey’s Gin (250ml and 350ml) will increase Ksh20 while the price for 750 ml bottle has increased by Ksh50.
Bond 7 whiskey will retail at Ksh410 for 250ml, Ksh580 for 350 ml and Ksh1200 for 750 ml.
You will have to part with at least Ksh310 to enjoy Captain Morgan Rum (250ml) and Ksh810 for 750 ml bottle.
“Excise duties on alcohol and tobacco will be increased as follows: a 750ml bottle of wine will have an excise duty of Sh136, which is Sh18 more from the current rate; the duty of a bottle of whiskey will go up by Sh24 to Sh182 for a 750ml bottle. The excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase by Sh8 to Sh61 per packet, “the CS Henry Rotich while reading the budget for the fiscal year 2019/20.
Other distillers are yet to announce their prices.