Kenyans Express Fury Over Increased Fuel Prices

Defending the price hikes, EPRA pointed an accusing finger at the importation costs that have kept rising.

Kenyans Express Fury Over Increased Fuel Prices

On Sunday (yesterday), Kenyans were greeted with shocking news over fuel costs that have kept soaring high following reviews by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

With the current changes that took effect on Monday at 12 am, Kenyans will pay an extra of between Sh5 and Sh7 per litre whether petrol, diesel, or kerosene. 

In Nairobi for instance, locomotive owners are set to fork out Ksh122.81 for Petrol, Ksh107.66 for diesel, and Ksh97.85 for those households who use kerosene as fuel.

Mombasa residents will get the commodity at less about Sh2, while Kisumu residents will pay Sh1 higher compared to Nairobians. 

The price increment has caused public uproar with the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party urging the agency to drop the price adjustments.

Through its statement, ODM's Edwin Sifuna noted that Kenyans were already burdened by the economic crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

ODM maintained that they won't sit and watch while EPRA exploits Kenyans. At the same time, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli warned that stern action was inevitable if EPRA won't adjust the high rates. 

Matatu owners pleaded with the government to allow them to carry the full capacity as it was the norm before the pandemic, in order to bridge the huge gap between the recommended capacity and the fuel cost. 

Many Kenyans also took to Twitter pleading with the government to spare Kenyans from the agony of the rising cost of living. 

Through #122.81 in Nairobi, Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) stated that Kenyans were already reeling from the Covid-19 effect.