April 14, 2024: Top news events to look out for today

Sunday, April 14th, 2024 06:44 | By
Fuel prices
A filling station. PHOTO/EPRA

Here is what you need to know to get up to speed with today's happenings.

Fuel prices

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) is set to announce new fuel prices for the period between April 15 to May 14, 2024.

Currently, super petrol, diesel and kerosene are retailing at Ksh199.15, Ksh190.38 and Ksh188.74 respectively.

In the March review, EPRA reduced the pump prices of super petrol, diesel and kerosene by Ksh7.21, Ksh5.09 and Ksh4.49 per litre respectively.

Kenyans should however not expect better news in the April review, owing to the increased average landed cost of imported super petrol by 5.60 per cent from US$666.16 per cubic metre in January 2024 to US$703.49 per cubic metre in February 2024.

The landed cost for diesel decreased by 0.76 per cent from US$728.23 per cubic metre to US$722,49 per cubic metre while Kerosene increased by 1.65 per cent from US$718.51 per cubic metre to US$730.35per cubic metre.

Power interruptions

Kenya Power and Lighting Company has announced planned power interruptions affecting three counties on Sunday, April 9, 2024.

Among the counties set to experience partial power interruptions include Nairobi, Machakos and Kisumu.

In Nairobi, the areas that will be affected include Polythene Industries, RAMCO Group Industrial Park, Shell Petrol Station Mombasa Road, Phillips Business Park, Doshi Group of Companies, UR Home, Schneider Electric and adjacent customers.

In Machakos, Konza City, Konza Boreholes, Korn ABC Secondary School, Konza Railway, Ilpolosat, Lake Oil Petrol Station and adjacent customers will be affected.

Other areas to be affected include Kapiti Plains, Kwa Katheke, Kiasa, Lower Kalimani, Dlima, Kama Kathei, Kyumvi Junction, Lukenya Village, Lukenya Motocross, Daystar University, Stoni Athi and adjacent customers.

In Kisumu, Sun Sport Club, Quickmart Supermarket Kondele, Joventure, KMET Institution and adjacent customers will experience power interruptions.

The outage will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Health crisis

The health crisis in Kenya continues to deepen with the doctors' strike gitting the 33rd day, while that by clinical officers hits a fortnight on Sunday, April 14.

Doctors have been on strike since March 14, 2024, over pay and working conditions. Clinicians joined them on April 1, 2024.

Talks between the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Dentists and Pharmacists Union (KMPDU), the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) and the government have hit a dead end with little progress made.

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