Orange Democratic Movement leader, Raila Odinga has spoken out his thoughts on the crude oil price hike.
He on Thursday, September, 16, said the government’s decision to increase the fuel prices was a blow to Kenyans, who are already sinking in debt, following Covid-19 pandemic.
The former prime minister was against the new pump prices, calling for prompt action, to save a citizenry from economic struggle.
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 mwananchi.
Crude Oil Price Hike
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) did on Tuesday, September, 14 , announce a rise in petrol, diesel and kerosene by as much as Ksh. 7 per litre, for the next 30 days.
Kerosene increased by 12.97, retailing at 110.82, Super petrol by Ksh 7.56, to Ksh 134.72, and Diesel by Ksh 7.94, now at Ksh 115.60 per litre.
Following the announcement by EPRA, the Central Organisation of Trade Unions in Kenya (COTU-K) came out, condemning the act.
Through the Secretary-General, Francis Atwoli;
The President should himself explain to Kenyans why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain an suffering of Kenyan workers and Kenyans in general amid Covid-19 pandemic
Thursday, September 16, saw Migori Township motorists and bodaboda riders protest the recent rise in fuel prices.
They caused work ceasement, blocking all roads with stones and burned rubber tyres.