Kenyans at border towns resort to refueling in Uganda after petrol price hike

Kenyans are crossing into Uganda to refuel

Kenyans have accused the government of “overtaxing” them wondering how Uganda which imports fuel through Kenya’s port of Mombasa can sell the same product cheaply even after paying the required taxes

By The Weekly Vision Online

Many motorists situated along the Busia and Malaba on the Kenya side of the border are crossing into neighbouring Uganda to refuel after petrol prices were hiked.

A spot check by The Weekly Vision Online established that fuel across the border in Uganda costs an equivalent of 103 per litre while Kenyan pump prices stand at Ksh. 136.30 for Super petrol and 117.47 for diesel per litre.

Angry Kenyans have accused the government of “overtaxing” them wondering how Uganda which imports fuel through Kenya’s port of Mombasa can sell the same product cheaply even after paying the required taxes. Public outrage over fuel prices has seen both the National Assembly and Senate summon respective ministers for Energy and Petroleum who opted not to show up, kicking up a storm.

Both CS’s Charles Keter for Energy and John Munyes for Petroleum have since distanced themselves from the fuel prices announced by the Energy Regulatory Authority leaving seething Kenyans to vent at the government

The two ministers are widely seen to be key allies of deputy president William Ruto who is yet to make any comment on the price hike that has pushed up prices for most necessities. Several MPs have warned that the “harsh economic situation” millions of Kenyans are facing could trigger a “popular uprising” as people are unable to put food on the table, manage to pay school fees or medical care.

Furious MPs denounced the ministers for portraying “arrogance” and a complete lack of respect for the house that vetted their appointment. The MPs have vowed to push for their impeachment if they refuse to rescind the fuel increases.

Some claimed that the ministers were “sabotaging” the government from within through unpopular taxation that is harming the most vulnerable low-income Kenyans. Both CS’s Charles Keter for Energy and John Munyes for Petroleum have since distanced themselves from the fuel prices announced by the Energy Regulatory Authority leaving seething Kenyans to vent at the government.

Some are demanding that the government explain why even after the country discovered oil in Turkana, petrol prices have kept escalating higher than when the country had no petrol.

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