A section of activists has now threatened to move to court to challenge the new fuel prices saying the move is ill-timed and will affect common Mwananchi economically.
According to human rights activist Cidi Otieno the decision by the government to increase the fuel prices is largely pegged on over borrowing.
‘‘We are perturbed by these new prices. This means that we have a government that does not care about the common citizen…we are moving to court to challenge the new prices because we are not going to sit down and watch helplessly …we shall stop it by all means,’’ he said.
‘‘Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority is telling us about value added tax of 8 percent, are we not paying taxes to this government should we suffer because of unrealistic taxes? This is uncalled for and we are demanding prompt suspension of this new fuel prices,’’ Cidi told Ghetto Radio News.
In a statement to news room the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority EPRA indicated that a litre of super petrol will now shoot up by7.58 shillings, Sh7.94 for a litre of diesel, and 12.97 shillings for kerosene.
Super Petrol will now retail at Sh. 134.72, Diesel at Sh.115.60 and Kerosene at Sh. 110.82 per litre in Nairobi.
The authority has however, defended the prices saying it is inclusive of the 8 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provisions of the Finance Act 2018.
Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai has termed the move as selfish, saying it will pain the matatu sector.
‘‘This is serious you can imagine we are still grappling with Covid effects at the same time the government has persistently increased the fuel prices… if we are not careful transport business will be grounded totally…we are in talks with our members and we shall communicate our next actions,’’ Kimutai said.
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