This is according to the statistics office.
The Central Statistics Agency attributed the jump to higher prices of food and non-food items. Prices for such items as meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit increased 7.1 per cent last month, up from 6.5 per cent in December.
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Non-food inflation also rose to 8.2 per cent in January from 7.8 per cent the previous month, mainly due to an increase in prices for clothes and khat, a narcotic leaf chewed in the Horn of Africa nation.
Inflation peaked at 9.1 per cent in 2014 but it has since been moving up and down.