Cries of injustice as price of petrol hiked by Sh4 a litre

August 14, 2015 1:28 pm
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The increase in the cost of super petrol which will now retail at Sh102.65 in Nairobi has been attributed to the recent increase in the Road Maintenance Levy/FILE
The increase in the cost of super petrol which will now retail at Sh102.65 in Nairobi has been attributed to the recent increase in the Road Maintenance Levy/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – The Energy Regulation Commission has increased the cost of super petrol by Sh4.06 in Nairobi even as it cut the price of diesel and kerosene by Sh1.21 and Sh4.76 respectively.

The increase in the cost of super petrol which will now retail at Sh102.65 in Nairobi has been attributed to the recent increase in the Road Maintenance Levy (RML) which was taken into account while pricing both diesel and super petrol.

“This month’s pump prices took into account of an addition Sh3 per litre in the pricing of super petrol and diesel to cover the enhanced Road Maintenance Levy (RML) announced in this year’s budget,” ERC Director General Joseph Ng’ang’a said.

“Accordingly, recovery of the additional cost borne by oil marketing companies has been factored for all cargoes whose taxes were paid after the effected date.”

The increased RML came into effect on July 17, 2015.

Joseph Ng’ang’a also says super went up due to higher cost of importing which increased by 1.25 percent in July.

“This was a consequence of average landed cost of imported super petrol increasing by 1.25perecnt from $718.97 per ton in June 2015 to $727.97 per ton in July 2015,” he explained.

In Nairobi, a litre of diesel will sell at Sh83.35 while kerosene will sell at Sh57.98.

In Nakuru a litre of super petrol will retail at Sh103.33, diesel at Sh84.26 and kerosene at Sh58.82 while in Kisumu super petrol will go for ShSh104.55, diesel at Sh85.48 and kerosene Sh59.84.

In Mombasa where the prices are the lowest, super petrol will retail at Sh99.32, diesel at Sh80.06 and kerosene at Sh55.25 while in Mandera where prices are highest, petrol will go for Sh116.46, diesel at Sh97.16 and kerosene to sell at Sh71.79.

The Motorists Association of Kenya immediately issued a statement condemning the latest increase.

“Fuel controls which we had agitated for years have been hijacked. Fuel pricing in Kenya is not fair anymore. The present fuel price formulation is far from what was enacted as law in 2010. The formula is a charade,” the association said.

It said motorists are yet to feel the benefits of low world prices.

“We are opposed to the rise of oil prices by Sh3 for road levy. The illegal move is going to impact negatively on vehicle owner pocket and the economy.”

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