The Central Organisation of Trade Union in kenya (COTU-K)has come out gun blazing and condemned the move by the government over the increment of fuel prices.
In a statement on their social media official page, COTU-K, through their secretary General Francis Atwoli opposed the increment of fuel prices and asked the president to come out and make a statement on the burning issue.
“The president should himself explain to Kenyans why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyan workers and Kenyans in general amid covid 19 pandemic,” the statement read.
Atwoli has warned government that the effect of the fuel prices increment would lead to unrest for all quarters.
“Unless their policies place Kenyan workers at the centre then they should prepare for unrest from all quarters,” he noted.
The COTU boss further added that, government should be considered, urging that that they should be innovative with how it raises taxes.
“At the same time, we would like to remind His Excellency the President that Kenyan workers are suffering and that he should not tolerate the impunity, punishment and the affront towards Kenyan workers by bodies such as EPRA,” he added.
Atwoli further revealed the prices of fuel in other East African countries and wondered why was the price so high in kenya.
“It only cost Ksh49.84 to import a litre of petrol from the Middle East while an average Kenyan has to pay an extra of around Ksh84 for every litre pf petrol purchased.
“Interestingly Uganda which is a landlocked country retails its petrol at 110 compared to Kenya Ksh134.” he noted
Atwoli retaliated this after, EPRA released a statement on 14th September 2021, through their social media official page that the fuel prices will hike up with seven shillings starting 15th September 2021 for the next 30 days.