In a move aimed at cushioning Kenyans from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended zero-rating of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Unga and cooking gas.

Uhuru who signed into law the 2020/21 Budget, the 2020 Finance Bill and the 2019/20 Third Supplementary Budget said the government was committed to ensuring Kenyans continue to receive crucial services despite the Coronavirus challenge.

Speaking at State House on Tuesday, June 30, the President noted the 2020 Finance Bill had undergone several amendments to cushion Kenyans from the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Among the amendments adopted was the extension of zero-rating VAT on Unga,  extended for six months while the tax relief on cooking gas would last for one year.

The National Assembly approved the 2019/20 supplementary budget of KSh184.4 to address the challenges of COVID-19.

Part of the kitty was allocated to County governments (KSh5 billion) to prepare to deal with the pandemic by setting up isolation centres and equipping hospitals with necessary equipment.

A total of KSh3.4 billion was set aside for COVID-19 allowances to frontline health workers.

In another meeting, the President also commended the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) team for the great work for the last 100 days they have been in office.

He expressed satisfaction in the progress made by NMS in implementing the directives he gave to the new agency at its launch on March 18, 2020.