Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has told Kenyans to brace themselves for fuel hikes every month going forward.
According to the CS, fuel prices will increase by Ksh10 every month until February 2024.
The Cabinet Secretary revealed that the hike in fuel prices has been prompted by rising crude oil prices in the world.
Global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory. For planning purposes expect pump prices to go up by Ksh10 every month till February,” Kuria said in a statement.
The CS’s remarks come just a few hours after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced new fuel prices starting September 15, indicating increases of up to Ksh33 per litre of fuel.
The sudden hike has left Kenyans reeling at a time when the country is grappling with a high cost of living.
The hike has elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans who have called out President William Ruto on his campaign promises to lower the cost of living.
In response, David Ndii, the Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisors, attributed the fuel price increases to the previous government’s huge appetite for borrowing.
Interestingly, Kuria’s sentiments come one day after the CS was widely criticized for incorrectly saying that the price of edible oils in supermarket shelves has come down.
He was proved wrong, however, when a reporter attached to the media station went into a supermarket and confirmed that oil prices had not gone down.