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Khalwale wants Ruto to sack CSs Kuria, Chirchir

Sunday, September 17th, 2023 13:46 | By
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.
Kakamega Senator Dr Boni Khalwale. PHOTO/Print

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale has asked President William Ruto to sack Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria and his Energy counterpart Davis Chirchir.

Speaking on Sunday, Khalwale accused the two CSs of "putting the President in trouble" by increasing fuel prices.

"President Ruto, I want to tell you today from Kakamega, the people you have given jobs have put you in trouble. The Minister for Trade and Energy and your economic advisors. They must tell us what they meant by that they are buying fuel from government to government," Khawale said.

"President Ruto, sack these people otherwise they are giving your government a bad image."

Khalwale also faulted the CSs over their public utterances since the fuel prices were increased, which seemed to rubbish the public outcry.

While addressing a crowd on Saturday, September 16, 2023, Kuria urged all Kenyans complaining about the changes to drill their boreholes and source their own fuel.

The vocal CS went on to state that the current economic situation is witnessed all over the world due to the increase in prices of crude oil.

He also called out Kenyans calling for anti-government protests cautioning that the move would not help lower the cost of living.

"How will camping on Twitter from morning to evening help you? I'm asking the youths not to be into that life, if you keep lamenting about the fuel prices why not drill your own borehole Crude oil has increased in prices worldwide," Kuria stated.

On Friday, September 15, 2023, Chirchir said that the government has no control over the skyrocketing fuel prices.

Speaking before the National Assembly’s Energy Committee, Chirchir said the country could face harder times due to escalating global fuel prices.

"We are dealing with sovereign governments as suppliers of these products. We are likely going to harder times. There is nothing much we can do about it," Chirchir.

New fuel prices

On Thursday, the Energy and Petroleum and Regulatory Authority (EPRA) increased Super Petrol prices by Ksh16.96, Diesel by Ksh21.32 and Kerosene by Ksh33.13.

The changes that took effect today, September 15, saw the retail price of a litre of Super Petrol in Nairobi rise to Ksh211.64, Diesel Ksh200.99, and Kerosene Ksh202.61.

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