- Matatu Operators in Nairobi hike fares by 20 shillings
- Passengers to bear the effect of pain in fuel pumps
Matatu operators plying various routes in Nairobi have hiked fares following the increased in fuel prices that took effect of 14th May, 2023 midnight.
In a spot check by Ghetto Radio News many saccos plying Jogoo road and Thika road have hiked their fares by at least by 10 – 20 shillings.
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According to the operators they will not bear the pinch alone and that they must share the same with passengers by adjusting their fares upwards.
Mimi ni Amo konda wa Bangu under NEMA sacco tao sisi tumeonge fare zetu na ten bob kwa sababu unapata per lita saa hii tunalipa 3 shillings juu so unapata tunaenda hasara mob juu hata before that waliongeza bei ya mafuta ikawa sisi hatukufanya hivyo so tumekuwa tukiumia kwa sababau fuel ndio kila kitu kwa bizz ya mat kama hakuna fuel magari zote zitalala na pia tuka na expences zingine so kitu tumezungumza na gava mara mob ni kama hawaskii wao ni kuongeza bila kujali ni sisi tunaumia na hatuko ready kufinywa tena.
Matatu Owners Reaction
According to Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai the government has a plan to kill their business because with hiked fuel prices they will have reduced operations and the only way to curb the same is to ensure that all their members pass the fuel luggage to their customers.
The New Fuel Prices
We are in business we shall not allow our business to collapse as we watch ,the only person who will now carry that fuel luggage is our passengers. I must also admit that the business environment for matatu business in our country is not conducive because we use a lot of money in operations and so the government must also tell us if they want to us to continue offering these services.MOA Chairman Simon Kimutai
A litre of super petrol now retails at Sh182.70, diesel Sh168.40 while kerosene Sh161.13. The subsidy on Diesel and Kerosene has been removed. A litre of super petrol, diesel, and kerosene has gone up by Sh3.40, Sh6.40, and Sh15.19 respectively.
The prices are inclusive of the 8% Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provisions of the Finance Act 2018, the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2020, and the revised rates for excise duty adjusted for inflation as per Legal Notice No. 194 of 2020.EPRA 14th May,2023