Raila scoffs at ‘reckless’ Kenya Kwanza government as fuel prices skyrocket
Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga has strongly criticized the Kenya Kwanza government, under President William Ruto’s leadership, for appearing indifferent to the plight of Kenyans.
Speaking on Friday, Mr Odinga lamented the suffering of ordinary citizens who he said are bearing the brunt of the decisions made by seemingly disengaged leaders.
“It is deeply regrettable that innocent Kenyans are enduring hardships while those responsible seem to be abroad discussing unrelated matters,” Mr Odinga said.
His remarks come hot on the heels of an announcement of a steep hike in fuel prices in the country by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
Super Petrol now costs Sh16.96 more per liter, Diesel has surged by Sh21.32, while Kerosene has skyrocketed by Sh33.13 per liter.
In Nairobi, Super Petrol will now cost Sh211.64, Diesel Sh200.99, and Kerosene Sh.202.61 per liter. In Mombasa, a litre of Super Petrol will retail at Sh208.58, Diesel at Sh197.93 and Kerosene at Sh199.54, while in Kisumu, a litre of Super Petrol will retail at Sh211.40, Diesel at Sh201.16, and Kerosene at Sh202.77.
EPRA’s Director General, Daniel Kiptoo Bargoria, explained that these price increases were a result of the weighted average cost of imported refined petroleum products.
Addressing the issue of rising fuel prices, Mr Odinga said Kenyans will continue suffering as the cost of goods and services surge.
“Despite the rhetoric and confusing figures, it is evident that Kenya Kwanza has faltered on multiple fronts. As we embark on the second year of Kenya Kwanza’s governance, it appears we are spiraling recklessly downwards,” Mr Odinga said.
However, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has told the public to prepare for further increases in fuel prices in the months ahead.
According to Mr Kuria, global crude oil prices are on an upward trajectory, and it’s essential for citizens to brace themselves for an additional Sh10 increase in pump prices every month until February of the next year.
In addition to the fuel price hikes, Kenyans are grappling with the burden of new taxes proposed by the Kenya Kwanza government, further exacerbating the challenges they face.