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Matatu Operators Hike Fares Over Fuel Hike

Matatu operators have been forced to hike fares following the latest review on fuel prices by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

The operators say that the review that saw fuel prices go up have forced them to review their fares upwards to cushion themselves from making losses.

Joseph Amadi a tout with Climax Sacco plying the Nairobi – Kisumu route says that they risk incurring a loss of Ksh. 22,000 per trip if they do not hike fares.

“Before the EPRA reviewed the price of fuel we were spending Ksh. 50,000 but since last week if week don’t share the cost with travelers we risk incurring a loss of Ksh 22,000 per trip,” Amadi said.

The transporters offering courier service have also be not been spared as transporters have to adjust their charges so that they may not suffer losses.

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Kibe a loader in one of the courier service companies states that since they increment their daily operations have gone down since people have resorted to sending low weighing parcels that translate to low charges.

They have sometimes been forced to cancel some trips and schedule them for the next day.

“Today we had to postpone the our trip because they don’t  have travelers  meeting  reviewed  fare, sometimes  if we don’t  meet the target  amount  of  parcels  we have no option  but cancel  the trip,” Kibe stated.

Petrol price is currently retailed at ksh159.8 from the previous 150.2, Diesel at ksh148.2 from the previous 140.7 and Kerosene at ksh127 from the previous Ksh. 117 per litre

By Rodgers Oduor