Ruto hits out at state over fuel price hike

Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Ministry of Energy to work with the relevant agencies and the Parliamentary Committees to address the steep rise in fuel prices.

The DP said that fuel price increase will translate to a general rise in the cost of living at a time when the country is struggling under the Covid-19 pandemic.

He asked public officers to get to work and offer the right advice to the government so that “right decisions on people issues are made”.

“We must team up and manage this situation that threatens to go out of hand,” Ruto said.

The DP made his remarks on Thursday when he met grassroots leaders from Kandara Constituency at his Karen residence.

Ruto regretted that leaders were absconding their duties by engaging in politics that was adding no value to the people.

MPs present were Alice Wahome, Irungu Kang’ata, and Kimani Ichungw’ah.

His sentiments come as the issue of fuel continues to cause an uproar from Kenyans who have expressed their dissatisfaction.

Industry players have warned that the cost of goods, transport, and electricity will rise, as they move to pass operational expenses to consumers.

This is in the wake of the sharp rise in fuel prices announced on Tuesday, which have hit a historic high.

The rise is as a result of increased taxes on all the three products notably VAT, which has gone up to 9.98 per cent on petrol from eight per cent.

This has pushed taxes on Super petrol, commonly used by motorists, to Sh58.81 a litre from a total Sh56.42 per litre in March this year.

The government has also increased taxes on diesel, which is widely used in the transport, agricultural sector, and electricity generation, with a litre now attracting a total of Sh46.46 in taxes, up from Sh44.79.

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