Kenyan consumers have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the high prices of petrol following an announcement by the regulatory authority.
The cost of fuel has surged overnight to approximately 212 shillings ($1.40; £1.20) per litre, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi.
These price increases vary, ranging from nine percent to twenty percent.
The rise in prices comes amidst widespread protests in recent months regarding the high cost of living and the government’s economic policies.
David Ndii, Chief Economic Adviser to President William Ruto, has described the price hike as “painful and potentially ineffective,” emphasizing that he will not provide false hope to the Kenyan population.
Mr. Ndii’s comment on the fuel prices has become a popular discussion on social media platforms.
“Mr. Ndii has spoken the bitter truth that we were foolish to believe that those who adopted a wheelbarrow as their party symbol had any capability to address the country’s issues. It is our own fault for placing our trust in them,” expressed one Kenyan on X.
“On average, fuel stations in Kenya stock around 15,000 litres give or take. The implementation of the new prices on the existing stock shortly after midnight reveals the extent of corruption controlling this country,” voiced another Kenyan Twitter user, @Gemguru_.
@Wonderke_21 also commented, “The escalating cost of living in Kenya has become a major concern for many, and the recent fuel price adjustments by EPRA have only worsened the situation.”
Upon assuming office in September 2022, Mr. Ruto eliminated fuel subsidies.