The central Organisation Of Trade Union (COTU) has opposed the increase in fuel price in the country, urging the government to find innovative ways with how it raises taxes.
In a statement issued on Thursday, COTU Secretary general Francis Atwolu called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to explain why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyan workers with increase in fuel price.
“As COTU we would like to remind his Excellency the President that Kenyan workers are suffering and that he should not tolerate the impunity, punishment and the affront towards Kenyan workers by bodies such as EPRA,” Said Atwoli.
“We would like his Excellency the President to come out and make a statement on this unfair perpetual increase in fuel price. The President should, himself, explain to Kenyans why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyans workers and Kenyans in general amid Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
Atwoli said the increase comes at a time when Kenyans are suffering from heavy taxation and slashed salaries due to the deadly covid-19 pandemic.
“As observed earlier, in our warning to the government to stop irritating Kenyan workers with this outrageous and insensitive increase in fuel price,” he urged.
Consumers were hit hard after the retail price of super petrol rose to a historical high, as the government dropped subsidies that had suppressed local pump prices.
In the new price released on Tuesday, Super petrol will retail at Sh134.73 per litre in Nairobi, a six percent increase from the Sh127.14 per litre.
Diesel will retail at Sh115.6 over the next month, also a sharp increase from Sh107.66. Kerosene has also gone up substantially, increasing by Sh 12.97 per litre to 110.82.