Karen Nyamu: Ruto is the one hit heaviest by fuel cost crisis

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Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu has joined the list of leaders defending President William Ruto in light of the fuel price crisis.

In a statement on social media, Senator Nyamu stated that the head of state is working round the clock to address the matter.

“But you can be sure if there’s a person who is hit heaviest by this setback, it is the head of state President Ruto who has been doing everything to get us out of the woods,” she added.

Karen Nyamu elaborates on fuel prices

The legislator reminded Kenyans that the increased fuel prices is a global issue. Nyamu attested to this because she witnessed effects of the same in Australia the previous week.

“The empty streets and roads are not just happening in Nairobi and Kenya, it is worldwide.

“Fuel prices have hit historic highs around the world. Yes, this is bad for the cost of living and it is a bad sign for the economy.”

Senator Nyamu visits Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO/FB

Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) released the latest fuel prices on September 14.

In Nairobi, the price of Super Petrol increased by KSh16.96 to retail at KSh211.64, while that of diesel rose by KSh21.32 to sell at KSh200.99.

The price of kerosene increased by KSh33.13 to sell at KSh202.61 per litre.

“It is a global issue”

Ruto’s allies blamed the recent hike in fuel costs to worldwide crude oil prices.

“Global crude prices are on an upward trajectory,” wrote Kuria on his X account.

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Trade and Industrialisation Moses Kuria asked Kenyans to brace for tougher times as costs would soar until February next year.

“Global crude prices are on an upward trajectory,” wrote Kuria on his X account.

His counterpart in the Transport sector, Kipchumba Murkomen, stated that government has been trying its best to manage cost of petroleum products.

“The best thing we can do at the moment to mitigate the impact of oil price spike is to subsidize the cost of food production,” Murkomen added.

Taxes on Fuel

Apart from global shift in crude oil prices, taxes on fuel in Kenya are reportedly another problem.

For every one litre of Super petrol, KSh79 goes to taxes, Business Daily says.

Another KSh67.35 and KSh62.81 goes to taxes for a litre of diesel and kerosene respectively.

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