Operations came to a standstill in Migori, Kenya’s town in the north of Tanzania border, after motorists and motorcycle riders took to the streets protesting against the rise of fuel prices in the country.
The angry protesters barricaded roads with stones and lit bonfires slamming the government for not having the welfare of its people at heart.
“We have been left alone by politicians and leaders as the cost of living has been going up. We will never relent until fuel prices are taken down,” said one of the protesters.
Kenyans have united in condemning the move taken by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority to increase the cost of petrol by Ksh7.58, Kerosene 12.97, and diesel Ksh7.94.
In Nairobi, a litre of petrol retails at Ksh134.72, diesel Ksh115.60, and kerosene Ksh110.2.
EPRA blamed increased fuel prices on higher expenses for landed petroleum products, with landed super petrol up 0.72 percent, diesel up 4.81 percent, and kerosene up 0.96 percent.
The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Francis Atwoli earlier today asked President Uhuru Kenya to issue a statement on the move by EPRA.
“We would like His Excellency the President to come out and make a statement on this unfair perpetual increase in fuel prices. The President should, himself, explain to Kenyans why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyan workers and Kenyans in general amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Atwoli.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.