A shortage of dates has been reported in Kenya, despite the government's announcement of a waiver of taxes on goods imported during the month of Ramadan. The demand for the dates has resulted in higher prices, with Muslim leaders attributing the circumstance to importation delays.
Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, Organising Secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), said importers were yet to collect their consignments from the port of Mombasa: "We have tried to follow up on the issue ... most of business people are yet to clear their cargo at the port. This has resulted in a shortage. We are not in a position to supply the dates to those in need and to mosques."
Allafrica.com explains how, in 2018, Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge said the government would pay taxes on dates imported during the Ramadan. The move, a gesture of goodwill to the Muslim community, came after previous attempts by the government to waive taxes on the importation of dates.