Migori residents protest increased fuel prices, block Kenya-Tanzania link road.

Transport along the busy Migori-Isebania highway was paralysed on Thursday as motorists staged demonstration over increased fuel prices.

Angry residents and motorist blocked the road at the Migori town bridge, disrupting movement of trucks and lorries to Tanzania.

Police officer watched helplessly as irate motorist packed their vehicles along the busy highway. The motorists blocked other feeders road to Tanzania claiming they had run out of fuel.

“We have been left alone by politicians and leaders as the cost of living has been going up. We will never relent untill fuel prices are taken down,” said on of the motorists who used boulders to block the highway connecting Kenya with Tanzania.

The demonstration kicked off after a truck transporting sand and cement stalled at the Migori bridge.

“We sell sand at at Sh8,000 for a full lorry. For us to add the cost of fuel to make a profit, we told the customer to add sh 1000, but he refused which we understood, so where was I to take the sand?, John Alego, the lorry driver said.

” In town, the cheapest motorbike route takes Sh 30, but with this fuel hike, we have to increase it to Sh 50 which customers have refused to part with. I have come here in solidarity with other Kenyans,” Charles Awour, a motorbike operator said.

Migori residents said they were shocked with the hike in fuel price as the government through the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) increased the cost of petrol past the the Sh130 per litre mark.

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.

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