By referring to inflation as a “tax” the article implies that Kenyan government is at fault. But in this case Kenya's high fuel and food prices as you rightly mention are a result of external shocks. Is there anything the government is doing that is exacerbating the problem? Under “what can Kenyan policymakers do” section of the blog: In the short run, is it possible to compensate the low income groups – those making less than Ksh 200 a day - an amount equal to the inflation of the food and fuel cost through CCT. Is this already being done? If not, why not? On a related but separate question: How independent is the Central Bank to pursue its core mandate of fighting inflation?