University of Nairobi student leader Antony Manyara University who petitioned the parliament demanding the repeal of section 13 of the 2018 Finance Act with view of overturning the 8 percent levy on fuel now wants the members of parliament to expedite the matter so that the prices can be decreased.
According to Manyara parliament has all powers to control the fuel prices by capping taxes.
“Kenyans are feeling it deep in their pockets we elected these leaders to represent our interests in the House and we are expecting them to move with speed and repeal that section so that we can have cheaper fuel,” Manyara said.
“That fuel levy must go down to zero percent… initially all Petroleum products were tax exempted and that’s why we are asking the parliament through Finance and National Planning committee to ensure that is done promptly,” he added.
He further maintained that they will go to streets should the government fail to heed to Kenyans’ plea on fuel prices.
“We are only waiting for elapse of these 14 days …we are much ready and we will picket until the government reduces the fuel prices,’’ he said.
Meanwhile Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter and his Petroleum and Mining counterpart John Munyes on Tuesday snubbed summons by Senate’s Energy Committee in which they were required to respond to the recent fuel prices hike.
CS Keter has maintained that fuel prices did not fall under his ministry, and the CS responsible is Mr. John Munyes.
The committee has again summoned Keter to appear before it today to respond to the fuel prices.
Senators have blamed the duo for disrespecting the parliament and members of the public by snubbing a vital issue that has caused an outcry and pain to many.
“Where does the CS Energy get the audacity to say this matter does not concern him? We know both the high fuel and electricity costs are related. This country is hurting,” Senator Moses Wetangula said.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority increased a litre super petrol by Sh7.58, Sh7.94 for a litre of diesel, and Sh12.97 for kerosene.
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By Allan Otieno