The recent introduction of a 10% levy on clinker, a crucial raw material for cement production, is poised to significantly impact the construction industry in Kenya. Most local cement manufacturers rely heavily on imported clinker due to the insufficient capacity to produce it domestically. This additional cost burden is expected to drive up the price of cement, which is a fundamental component in construction. Consequently, the overall cost of building projects is likely to increase, affecting everything from residential housing to large infrastructure developments.

The construction sector, already grappling with various challenges, now faces the potential for slowed growth and higher expenses, which could hinder the progress of ongoing and future projects in Kenya. Amidst these financial strains, calls to reject the finance bill are growing louder, as stakeholders express concern over the rising cost of living and its implications for the economy.

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