No planned strike for matatus in Kenya following the increased fuel prices by Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority(EPRA). Earlier this morning there were allegations that there will be a matatu strike and some matatu owners put their vehicles on hold. But Matatu Owners Association Chairman Simon Kimutai has come out and assure them that there is no such strike. He has urged the members to disregard the viral rumour asking for matatu strike nationwide to protest for the increase in fuel prices.
On Wednesday, EPRA announced the increase in fuel prices beginning 15th September to 14th October 2021 period. The fuel now retailing at Ksh. 134.72, Ksh. 115.60 and Ksh. 110.82 per litre for super petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively. These prices is inclusive of 8% VAT tax according to the amended Finance act of 2018. The increase comes just after few months of another increase and this is due to the economic challenges the country is facing. The challenges are linked to the corona virus pandemic which has hit the country hard.
EPRA has given out an explanation that the landed cost of petrol decreased by 0.72 %, diesel by 4.81%, kerosene increased by 0.96%. There is a conversation throughout the country about the fuel increase and many people are angered by this move. ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has said that the increase in fuel prices will eventually result to an increase in production cost and transportation for Kenyans and also businesses.
Members of the public seem to defy the fact that there is no nationwide strike and some of the towns are at standstill. COTU boss Francis Atwoli has said “We would like H.E President Kenyatta to come out and make a statement on this unfair and perpetual increase in fuel prices. He should, Himself, explain to Kenyans why the Government is helbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyans amid the Covid-19 pandemic”.