NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
the shop in Kariobangi on the east of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital,
businessman Victor Kinuthia whistles as he dusts two 6kg cooking
gas cylinders with a flywhisk.
He later hands them
to his assistant, who fastens them on the carrier of a bicycle,
and rides to the direction of the nearby Korogocho slum, which
is neighboring the low income estate.
“A good number of
my customers come from the slum,” said Kinuthia on Saturday.
“They are using cooking gas, but mainly the 6kg, which is why
over 90 percent of what I am selling is the small cylinders.”
Kinuthia is among
the cooking gas dealers in various suburbs in Nairobi who are
experiencing booming business as demand for the commodity,
The trader noted
that the slum residents started using cooking gas as the cost
dropped following decline in fuel prices. Consumption of the
clean energy in the East African nation is currently at a
Kinuthia sells the
6kg cylinder at 12.5 U.S. dollars while the 13kg, which he
stores in small numbers at 25 dollars, prices that are lower
than those in middle income estates by at least 1.1 dollars.
Kenyans are now
consuming 8,000 metric tones (MT) of cooking gas per month,
according to latest data from Kenya National Bureau of
The last time East
African nation residents consumed 8,000MT of cooking gas was in
“I could not
resist buying cooking gas after I realized it is going for
about 11 dollars. I have not used the fuel for more than a
year though I have a cylinder because of high prices,” said
Nancy Musembi, a community support worker in Korogocho.
Away from Korogocho,
in Mathare slum a few kilometers away, that residents are
warming up to cooking gas is evident in the number of shops
selling the commodity on the periphery of the informal
Salome Wanjiku, a
social worker in Mathare, acknowledged that a good number of
residents are using cooking gas.
“My work enables
me to walk in peoples’ homes in the informal settlement and I
can confirm that I see the 6kg cylinder that is attached to a
burner in many homes,” said Wanjiku, who lives in the slum and
uses cooking gas.