Malindi residents decry high cost of fuel prices

Malindi residents are still grappling with high fuel prices even after the High Court in Bungoma granted temporary orders stopping the levying of 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products in the country.

Kenya News Agency (KNA) survey at the weekend established that prices of fuel were still up in most petrol stations in the Town.

Speaking to the press, Mr. Samuel Zirro, a pump attendant at Total Filling Station in Malindi confirmed that a litre of petrol is retailing at Sh. 125.40 up from Sh. 111.30, while that of diesel is now retailing at Sh. 112.60 and a litre of kerosene going for Sh. 95.50 up from Sh. 100.30 and Sh. 80.20 respectively.

Petrol prices have been in the spotlight in the past week after the 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products took effect on September 1, following a directive from Treasury CS, Henry Rotich.

Mr. Ziro said the high petroleum prices had affected the low-income families, especially through transport costs and consumer prices.

While Faulu Malindi Sacco matatus’ chairman, Mr. Jelani Fadhili said that commuters from Malindi to Mombasa were now paying Sh. 400, while those headed for Kilifi were paying Sh. 250 compared to Sh. 300 and Sh. 150 respectively.

We had no choice but to adjust our fares upwards after the new fuel prices came into effect. We know that Mwananchi is struggling as we have noted a slight decrease in the number of people traveling to and from Mombasa, said Fadhili.

Ms.Winnie Mkamburi, a businesswoman who relies on public transportation pointed out that the increase in fuel levy is making the cost of living unbearable for the common man, blaming our leaders for totally failing Kenyans.

Our only hope is the President. Let him hear our cries and sign the VAT amendments, said Ms. Mkamburi.

Source: Kenya News Agency