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‘Azimio is asleep’ – Herman Manyora claims opposition has lost focus on fuel prices

Friday, December 8th, 2023 16:46 | By
Herman Manyora in a past interview. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.
Herman Manyora in a past interview. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.

Political analyst Herman Manyora has criticized the Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition, accusing them of being asleep even as the international crude oil prices drop.

Manyora on his X account, pointed out that considering the substantial decrease in oil prices globally, the cost per litre in Kenya should see a reduction of more than Ksh 50.

Manyora message to Azimio

However, he believes that the Azimio team is only anticipating a Ksh 10 drop, which he sees as a political advantage for President William Ruto.

Herman Manyora in a past interview. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.
Herman Manyora in a past interview. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.

"Azimio is asleep. International crude oil prices have dropped so much that petrol prices in the country should fall by more than Sh.50 per litre. Azimio is waiting for the government to drop the prices by Sh.10. The president will then win big for reducing the oil prices by the miserable 10 shillings. Azimio's communications team is BURE Kabisa," Manyora stated.

Manyora's comments come in the wake of a decline in oil prices to their lowest level in five months. The reduction in oil prices is attributed to OPEC and its allies announcing a 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) voluntary output cut for the first quarter of the following year.

Delay in change?

However, despite the global drop, Kenya's pump pricing adjustments typically follow trends with a delay of two months. As a result, the impact of the recent decrease in crude prices may only be felt locally starting next year.

Herman Manyora in a past analysis. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.
Herman Manyora in a past analysis. PHOTO/Nairobi Review.

In the most recent review in November, the Energy and Petroleum Authority (EPRA) adjusted diesel and kerosene prices downward while maintaining petrol prices.

EPRA revealed in a statement that petrol prices would remain unchanged for November. Current prices for diesel and kerosene stand at Ksh203.47 and Ksh203.06, respectively. Motorists in Nairobi, for instance, have been paying Ksh217.36 for petrol, Ksh203.47 for diesel, and Ksh203.06 for kerosene.

EPRA provided pricing details for other regions, including Mombasa, Nakuru, and Eldoret.

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