Senior government official fined Ksh.500K over high fuel cost

The National Assembly Finance Committee has fined Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes Ksh.500,00 for snubbing summon.

Munyes was to appear before the Committee to answer queries on the high cost of fuel that has thrown Kenyans into higher cost of living amidst tough economic times.

The fine comes just two days ahead of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) is scheduled to release its review on fuel prices, Thursday.

Mid-last month, fuel prices in Kenya hit a historic high after prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene increased by Ksh.7.58, Ksh.7.94 and Ksh.12.97, respectively.

This saw a litre of the above listed commodities retail at Ksh.134.72, Ksh.115.60, and Ksh.110.82 per litre respectively, in Nairobi.

It was coupled with higher taxes which has accounted for a higher cost of living in the country, even as government officials led by Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi promising a downward revision of fuel prices expected to be released this Thursday by EPRA.

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