KNA Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya is appealing to the national treasury to assist the county to get its new oxygen plant held at Mombasa Port over taxes.
He said Kenya Revenue Agency (KRA) is demanding for Sh 8 million in taxes noting that the supplier is unable to pay the amount.
“We procured oxygen plant which has a capacity of producing 1,000 liters of oxygen per minute. Unfortunately, we cannot have the plant now since KRA wants Sh 8 million as tax from the supplier,” he told journalists on Wednesday.
Oparanya said the county is experiencing an acute shortage of oxygen supply owing to the rising cases of Covid-19 disease in Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) counties which have been declared hotspots of the pandemic.
He said the current oxygen plant which is able to supply only 300 litres of oxygen per minute and can no longer sustain the demand.
“The new plant will be able to supply oxygen to public hospitals in the county and the neighbouring ones,” he said.
The county head directed that all public and private mortuaries should release bodies between 6am and 10am and all burials to be held the same day.
The County Commissioner Pauline Dola affirmed that security agencies will enforce the directives put in place by the national and county government on covid 19 containment.