by Sharon Mundia · August 13th, 2015
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Sharon Mundia is the author of the award-winning, personal style blog, This Is Ess. As a fashion fanatic, beauty lover and home decor enthusiast, she will leave you wanting to revamp your closet, home and life in general.
I support COTU and atwoli we officially be on strike as from 19th of December, cost of living has gone through the roof we cannot blame world economy no!
This strike is driven by uncontrolled populism. Its not possible for the price of fuel to come down from 120 to 80, as they demand. There’s nobody who is making such kind of profit margins. The only way that fuel prices can be reduced by such a wide margin is if the government cuts taxes, but that is unlikely to happen because of budget deficit, that is, the government needs more rather than less taxes.
Kimenga you are lost. Fuel prices can come to Sh60 if we dint have people like you who are so contended with life. Its time for business unusual – the Kenyan Spring!
Its not a matter of being content with life, its being realistic. If the fuel prices come down to Shs60, who is going to pay for the difference with the current price (almost 60 shillings)?? The private sector cannot sell at a loss just to make you happy. That means, there will be shortages of the commodity because nobody wants to sell at a loss. You could end up with a blackmarket where you buy fuel for 500 shillings a litre.
The government should know that Matatu Owners are not in this strike and should therefore protect our vehicles and passengers. The Matatu Welfare Association and COTU have no matatus on the roads and should therefore not disrupt the smooth operations of Matatus during this festive season. COTU can as well call all vehicle owners to strike if their beef is fuel prices!
I like the debate, should we also do away with the ERC???
It was a bad idea for the government to give ERC the role of dictating prices, yet Kenya does not produce a single drop of oil. Considering that the price of oil is likely to continue increasing, the government put itself in a situation where it will be blamed for oil price increases because the average citizen will attribute oil price increases to the ERC, rather than to exernal factors. In neighbouring Uganda, President Museveni was honest enough to admit to Ugandans that there’s little his government could do about oil prices.
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