I’m sorry – Moses Kuria on fuel price prediction following Khalwale’sadvice
Kenya’s Trade Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria, has issued a public apology to Kenyans after his previous controversial comments about fuel prices in the country.
This comes after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) increased fuel prices, causing concerns among citizens.
Kuria, who had been actively sharing his predictions and opinions on social media, had initially suggested that fuel prices would surge to Ksh260 per liter by February 2024.
However, in his recent post on the X platform, the CS seems to have toned down following advice from Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
“I have since been advised by people like Dr. Boni Khalwale and his master that the statement was incorrect, insensitive, and arrogant. I am now made to understand that the price will come down. I apologize profusely since to err is human,” Kuria expressed.
The Cabinet Secretary had earlier urged Kenyans to brace themselves for challenging economic times, attributing rising fuel prices to global dynamics that, in his opinion, would inevitably impact commodity prices within the country.
“Global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory. For planning purposes, expect pump prices to go up by Ksh 10 every month till February…I repeat. Petrol will be 260 Ksh by February. And El Nino is coming in 3 weeks and will last till March. These are global and climate change-driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” CS Kuria said in his previous posts.
During a weekend function in Kakamega, Senator Boni Khalwale criticized Kuria for creating unnecessary fear among Kenyans when he should be providing reassurance and hope as a government official.
Khalwale also voiced his concern that some of President William Ruto’s close appointees, including CS Kuria, were letting him down.
“The people whom you appointed have put you in a difficult situation. Someone called CS Moses Kuria and your economic advisors… sack these people,” urged Dr. Khalwale.
President’s Council of Economic Advisors chairperson David Ndii has also been on the receiving end for claiming that Kenyans should not trust politicians and that the economy will take a long time to stabilize after falling in the previous regime.