NAIROBI, 14 February 2021 – Kenya’s Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has condemned an increase in the price of petroleum products coming into effect Monday.
“Kenyans have endured enough pain trying to make ends meet since the advent of COVID-19 and any attempts (to raise prices further will) catalyze an already provoked people to come out and demand government protection,” COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli said Sunday.
“Ordinary Kenyans are suffering. This is a form of impunity that as workers we will not entertain,” he told reporters, calling on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to immediately intervene to address their concerns.
Under the revised prices coming into effect on Monday, the liter of super petrol will jump KSh 8.19 to KSh 115.18 (just above $1.05 per liter or over $4.0 a gallon).
The hike in the price of a liter of diesel will be KSh 5.51 to KSh 109.91 (just below one U.S. dollar per liter).
Kerosene, which is used as the primary source of fuel in most households, will go up Ksh 5.32 to KSh 92.44 from KSh 87.12 .
“This will have a domino effect on the cost of living in Kenya with transportation and prices of goods going up,” Atwoli said Sunday.
The regulator attributed the price hikes to “increased landing cost” of the commodities that control most consumer products’ prices, including transportation.
The price hikes come at a time when many Kenyans are facing the most difficult moments in their life owing to COVID-19 and hard economic times.