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Kenyans feel the pinch of the 16% tax levied on Fuel as fares rise

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Kenyans woke up to huge fare hikes on Monday morning following the 15% tax levied on petroleum products.

The huge fares affected both commuters and Transport operators alike.

Ghetto radio carried out a spot check which reveled even boda boda operators had difficulty getting customers.

On Monday morning the Kenya Independent Petroleum Distributors Association (KIPEDA) as well as the Motorists’ Association of Kenya staged a go-slow.

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KIPEDA parked their trucks at depots for most part of Monday morning vowing to only resume operation once the taxwas scrapped.

Mwaura, a boda boda operator in Nairobi’s Embakasi area said the government should instead tax alcoholic beverages than fuel.

“We are really suffering, even customers would rather walk. We have oil in Kenya, why can’t they sell the fuel cheaper and tax alcohol?” said Mwaura.

Grace a matatu operator in the same area also expressed concern saying the fares only meant a go slow in her work.

“we had to hike fares in the morning but nobody wants to board matatus at that price. It is really tough for us but we also have to hustle.” She said

In various parts of Nakuru town, transport was paralysed as matatu operators protested the implementation of the new fuel levies. Matatus, taxis and bodaboda operators blocked streets and roads with their empty vehicles. The demonstrators led by Nakuru town Matatus operators Chairman Abdul Noor called for the immediate resignation of National Treasury CS Henry Rotich over the price increase.