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Raila issues directive on high cost of fuel

By , People Daily Digital
Thursday, September 16th, 2021 21:04 | < 1 min read
Opposition leader Raila Odinga. Photo/PD/FILE

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence over increased fuel prices.

In a Thursday, September 16 statement shared on his social media pages, Raila said the recently announced fuel prices will plunge Kenyans into further debt brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raila faulted the move by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority-EPRA noting that the new prices will make the country's already harsh economic times worse.

"Kenyans who have been struggling to put food on the table since the onset of the pandemic now stand to have their collective plight worsened by the increased fuel prices," Raila said.

The ODM leader said the prices should be lowered immediately to cushion the ordinary Wanainchi.

According to the new adjustment, Super Petrol will now retail at ksh.134.72, diesel at ksh.115.60, and kerosene at ksh.110.82 per litre in Nairobi and its environs.

In a statement released by EPRA on Tuesday, September 14, the regulatory body said the new prices will take effect on September 15 for the next 30 days.

“In accordance with Section 101(y) of the Petroleum Act 2019, EPRA has calculated the maximum wholesale and retail prices of petroleum products, which will be in force from September 15, 2021, to October 14, 2021. Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene will now retail at Kshs. 134.72, Kshs. 115.60 and Kshs. 110.82 per litre respectively in Nairobi starting today at midnight,” a statement by EPRA read in part.

In Mombasa, petrol will retail at Ksh132.46, diesel at Ksh113.36 while kerosene will sell at Ksh108.57.

In Nakuru, petrol will retail at Ksh134.24, diesel at Ksh115.43 and kerosene at Ksh110.67.

Collins Osanya is a multimedia journalist, communications specialist, and creative writer.

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