Elachi; the real problem with fuel in Kenya is that all stakeholders come from one community

Chief Administrative Secretary for Public Service and Gender, Beatrice Elachi, threw a whole different spin on the currently ongoing heated debate concerning the entire issue of fuel prices and the sharp increase, after she connected the problems presently being witnessed to domination of the sector by a single community.

The former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker said this while appearing on KTN’s weekly political show Crossfire this week. The show, usually hosted by Sophia Wanuna was this time round conducted by Akisa Wandera who commandeered an all-women panel that also included Migori County Women Representative Pamela Adhiambo and Uasin Gishu Women Representative, Gladys Boss Shollei.

While addressing the topic of increased fuel prices at the pumps, Elachi downplayed views by her colleagues on the show who appeared to heap blame partly on government laxity, and also on inadequate parameters used to regulate prices. Instead, she said that the main problem that was leading to all the chaos and financial disruption currently being witnessed was that all the stakeholders and decision makers in the energy sector hail from a single place, and had thus created a cabal within which they operate to pass and impose whatever it is they want on the country.

Carefully proceeding without doing the slightest effort to name the mysterious community that she was talking about, she said that what further compounded an already desperate situation is that within the country, their exists several greedy people who serve as agents of the unnamed community members, and for just a few coins, they readily and shamelessly push forward whatever agenda their bosses ask of them.

In the latest price review by the Energy and Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the prices of a litre of petrol, diesel and kerosene increased by Sh7.58, Sh7.94 and Sh12.97, respectively.
A litre of petrol in Nairobi is now retailing at Sh134.72 , Sh115.60 for diesel while a litre of kerosene goes for Sh110.82.

“The prices are inclusive of the eight per cent Value Added Tax in line with the Finance Act 2018, the Tax Act 2018, the Tax Laws(Amendment) Act 2020 and the revised rates for excise duty adjustment for inflation,” EPRA director general Daniel Kiptoo said.

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