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Raila’s Take On Increased Fuel Prices In Kenya

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In a message posted on his social media accounts, Odinga said that Kenyans have been struggling to put food on the table since the pandemic started, and should not be pressed any further.
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Opposition Chief Raila Odinga appears to have gone back to his earlier role of putting toes after
he asked the government to lower fuel prices with immediate effect to cushion Kenyans who are experiencing hard economic times.

In a message posted on his social media accounts, Odinga said that Kenyans have been struggling to put food on the table since the pandemic started, and should not be pressed any further.

“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. The prices should be lowered immediately to cushion the ordinary Wanainchi”.

Said the opposition chief.

On Tuesday, the government removed fuel subsidies that saw pump prices hit a historic high.

The subsidies amounted to Ksh7.10 on a litre of petrol, Ksh9.90 on diesel and Ksh11.36 on kerosene.

As a result, a litre of super petrol, diesel and kerosene is now retailing at Ksh134.72, Ksh115.60 and Ksh110.82 respectively in Nairobi.

The prices are expected to further go up on October 1 after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) starts implementing new tax rates as they increase excise duty rates by 4.97 percent.

The move to increase has sparked uproar from Kenyans who are accusing the government of being insensitive.

“How do they expect us to live.We are already overburdened, President Kenyatta should rise to the occasion,”

said Harun Njogu a matatu operator.

Senators have already summoned, Energy CS Charles Keter and His Mining counter John Munyes to shed more light next week.

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