Matatu Owners Association Disowns Strike Calls After Fuel Hike
The Matatu Owners Association has disowned the purported Matatu strike set to take place in Nairobi following the hike in fuel prices.
In an interview with Ghetto Radio News Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai says that his association has not deliberated on the matter and that what was being peddled on the social media was fake.
“We did not say anywhere that we shall be having a strike today…a message that was doing round in the social media did not originate from us. It is from those people who want to give this sector a bad name,” Kimutai said.
“When you increase fuel prices it will not hit Matatu sector alone we have other sectors like wholesalers, small scale traders and ordinary Kenyans that depend on it so when you peg that on Matatu alone are you not doing injustice to us?” he asked.
He has called on the Consumer Federation of Kenya COFEK to move with speed and fight for Kenyans over hiked fuel prices.
“The main reason why COFEK is there is to protect the interests of consumers…let them move with speed and engage the government but not pushing matatus to join strike that is not theirs,’’ Kimutai told Ghetto Radio on phone.
Kimutai further directed their operators to review their fares to cover additional fuel costs.
“In business at any point the consumer always bares additional costs …our members are advised to revise their charges to accommodate what was added on fuel,” he added.
In a statement to newsroom 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 Sh134.72, Diesel at Sh.115.60 and Kerosene at shillings 110.82 per litre in Nairobi.
The authority has however, defended the prices saying it is inclusive of the 8 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provisions of the Finance Act 2018.
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By Allan Otieno