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Kenyans Tear Into Uhuru After Fuel Prices’ Historic Rise

Kenyans ignited the hashtag #FuelPrices to air out their frustrations on how the cost of living has been ever on the rise since his ascension to power in 2013.

Kenyans have for the entire Wednesday morning, September 15 targeted their frustrations at President Uhuru Kenyatta, and by definition, the Jubilee government, after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced the hike of fuel prices to historic levels.

They ignited the hashtag #FuelPrices to air out their frustrations on how the cost of living has been ever on the rise since his ascension to power in 2013.

Tuesday evening, September 15’s announcement by EPRA that the price of Super Petrol went up by Ksh7.58, Diesel by Ksh7.94, and Kerosene by Ksh12.97 in its latest monthly review added more salt to their gaping economic wounds that were widened in 2020 on the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Petrol will thus retail at Ksh134.72 per litre in Nairobi, Diesel Ksh115.60, and Kerosene Ksh110.82 in Nairobi while in Mombasa, Petrol will retail at Ksh132.46, Diesel at Ksh113.36 while Kerosene retailing at Ksh108.57.

An attendant fuelling a car. /FILE

Yet again, a section of them revisited a past photo of the President soaked in rain during his campaign trail in Mombasa in 2017, with focus central to the price of Kerosene, one of the most common fuel products in homes, retailing for Ksh67 and Super petrol a measly Ksh102.

“When this Rubis (formerly Kenol/Kobil) owner was busy being “chosen by God”, petrol was at Ksh 102, emphasis on “Rubis owner,” commented one Quincy Wandera.

“Are we ready now perhaps to have long, hard, wise conversations on turning this country around? There is really no space at all for empty promises. Or tribalism. Or friend-ism. None,” Laura Walubengo, a content creator stated.

Swala Nyeti founder and former Nation Media Group (NMG) journalist Mac Otani sent a seemingly urgent message to the MPs to address the matter of the new fuel prices that are set to inflate the cost of living even higher.

“Has your favorite MP and mtu wa watu told you what they are doing about the #FuelPrices?” he posed.

Meanwhile, Nation reporter Amina Wako warned of severe consequences in the event Kenyans carry on with their lives, unperturbed on the rising cost of commodities occasioned by the high prices.

“If we continue acting normally this government will continue treating us abnormally,” she cautioned.

Back in August, Mining and Petroleum Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) John Musonik said that the monthly prices of fuel would remain the same due to the set up of the Petroleum Development Fund (PDF). By then, the state was working on modalities to protect Kenyans from the increase when the price per barrel crosses the $50 (Ksh5,486) mark.

Last month, a barrel of crude oil averaged at $63 dollars (roughly Ksh6,300).

“From April, we have been using the fund. For now, we are going to stabilize the prices as we look at all the other components in the pricing,” stated Musonik.

The prices are inclusive of 8% Value Added Tax (VAT), in line with the provisions of the Finance Act 2018, The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2020, and the reviewed rates for excise duty that were adjusted for inflation as per Legal Notice No. 194 of 2020.

The prices for the three fuel products had remained constant for months, retailing at Ksh127.14 for petrol, Ksh107.66 for diesel, and Ksh97.85 in Nairobi.

The new prices, particularly Super Petrol retailing at Ksh134.72 surpass the Ksh130 mark which was feared to be the highest prices ever witnessed in Kenya’s history.

Unless the state introduces alternative methods for the already expensive commodity, the new step-up in prices will make the cost of living more expensive to Kenyans.

Change in fuel prices as from September-October. /FILE 

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