COTU secretary-general Atwoli heaps pressure on Uhuru over new fuel prices

COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli has broken his silence urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to move in with speed and suspend the new energy prizes announced by EPRA over the weekend.

In a press statement released earlier today, the trade unionist expressed his dissatisfaction on the fuel levy that sky-rocketed the fuel prizes beginning today.

“COTU requests that His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, also, urgently intervenes by either issuing a fiat suspending some of the taxes and levies on fuel or by calling EPRA to order.

“The president should call for the audit of the entire ecosystem around the energy sector and save Kenyans from cartels that have hijacked the energy sector in Kenya,” the statement read.

The new recommendation has seen Super Petrol retail at Kshs.122.81, Diesel at Kshs.107.66 and Kerosene at Kshs.97.85 in Nairobi.   

The COTU sec-gen also talked of the possibility of social unrest, if the legislators do not protect Kenyans from frequent extra taxation.

“It would interest the public to know that it only costs Ksh 49.84 to import a litre of petrol from the Middle East while an average Kenyan has to pay an extra Ksh 73.97 for every litre of petrol purchased.

“These obnoxious and ridiculous amounts in taxes and levies paid by struggling Kenyan workers have been occasioned by the fact that Parliament has failed to safeguard their interests even as primitive institutions like EPRA continue to punish workers without ceasing,” Atwoli said.

Atwoli accused the energy body of its lack of awareness on the general effects on the lives of Kenyans as result of the trickling effects on the production cost of the consumer goods.

He further reiterated that Kenyans had already suffered as a result of the effects of Covid-19, due to loss of livelihoods.

The price hike comes amid an announcement by the government that the Petroleum Development Levy Fund had accumulated Ksh 10 billion by February 2021, the funds were meant to protect consumers from volatility in fuel prices.

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