No respite for Kenyans as fuel prices rise

July 14, 2015
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A litre of super petrol has increased by Sh1.31 to retail at Sh98.59 in Nairobi, while diesel has gone up by Sh1.25 to Sh84.56.  The cost of kerosene has increased marginally by 96 cents to sell at Sh62.74 a litre/FILE
A litre of super petrol has increased by Sh1.31 to retail at Sh98.59 in Nairobi, while diesel has gone up by Sh1.25 to Sh84.56. The cost of kerosene has increased marginally by 96 cents to sell at Sh62.74 a litre/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14 – The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has announced an overall increase in the price of fuel across the country for the next one month beginning Tuesday night.

A litre of petrol has increased by Sh1.31 to retail at Sh98.59 in Nairobi, diesel has gone up by Sh1.25 to Sh84.56 while kerosene has increased marginally by 96 cents to sell at Sh62.74.

ERC Director General Joseph Ng’ang’a has attributed the general rise to increase in landing cost as result of continued weaker shilling against the US dollar in the month of June.

“Over the same period, the mean monthly US dollar to Kenya shilling exchange rate depreciated by 1.31 percent from Sh96.86 per US dollar in May 2015 to Sh98.13 per US dollar in June 2015,” Ng’ang’a explained.

In Mombasa petrol will retail at Sh95.27 a litre, diesel at Sh81.27 while kerosene will sell at Sh60.

In Nakuru, petrol will retail at Sh99.30, diesel at 85.47 and kerosene at Sh63.57 while in Kisumu petrol will be selling at Sh100.44, diesel at Sh86.68 and kerosene at Sh64.59.

In Eldoret, petrol will sell at Sh100.44, diesel at Sh86.62 and kerosene at Sh64.60.

Mandera residents will bear the highest cost with petrol going for Sh112.40, diesel Sh98.37 while kerosene will retail at Sh76.55.
In the previous fuel review, petrol increased by Sh4.39 higher per litre, diesel by Sh3.97 and kerosene by 2.54 per litre.

The ERC boss has cautioned petroleum marketing companies and dealers against selling petroleum products above the maximum prices published by the commission.

“Any party that contravenes this requirement is liable to a fine of up to Sh1millon and or the withdrawal of operating license,” Ng’ang’a warned.

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