Tariffs had already risen steadily in recent months due to higher national taxes. But the government had introduced a subsidy to precisely limit the rising prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene and reduce the cost of living. But now the subsidy ended on Wednesday and the consequences were felt directly at the pump. The price of fuel rose 6% in the capital and reached record prices. An increase that greatly worries Kenyans.
as reported from Nairobi, Albane Thirouard
At the pump, the bill is steep for Kévin Yadah. Taxi driver for two years, he is desperate for the situation. “I will make less money. It is difficult and it is happening at a time when we are already suffering a lot because we were greatly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. I sometimes go home without being able to feed my family ”.
Faced with these awards, Annette Abuya, communications manager at a Kenyan company, is very angry. “It shows that our government is not working. They do not think of people. They have to lower petrol prices and even punish those responsible, she says. Because how can we achieve such high prices? It is not fair to the citizens. “
This rise in fuel prices is already affecting the cost of living. Dorcas Gitau, owner of a small shop, noted: “My expenses have increased dramatically. When I go to the market to buy vegetables, the prices are higher because the sellers compensate for the increase in their transportation costs. This increase affects everyone, especially those at the bottom of the ladder, ”he explains.
The prices of the pump are expected to increase further in two weeks, with effect from 1 October on an indirect fuel tax of almost 5%.