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Moses Kuria “apologizes” for comments he made on fuel price increases until February

Moses Kuria, the cabinet secretary in charge of trade, has replied to criticism leveled at him following remarks he made last week warning Kenyans to prepare for significantly higher gas costs in the months ahead.

Following the announcement by the government on Thursday that fuel prices would reach an all-time high, Kuria claimed that prices would continue to rise by at least Ksh.10 per month until February of next year, causing a commotion among Kenyans.

Among them is Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who accused CS Kuria of arrogance. He called on President William Ruto to sack the minister alongside Energy CS Davis Chirchir and his economic advisors for the fuel price hike.

Through a post on X, Kuria early Wednesday morning said, “I have since been advised by people like Dr Boni Khalwale and his master that the statement was incorrect, insensitive and arrogant.

In the seemingly tongue-in-cheek post, the CS added; “I am made to now understand that the price will come down. I apologise profusely since to human is to error.”

Super Petrol prices have increased by Ksh.16.96, Diesel prices by Ksh.21.32, and Kerosene prices have climbed by Ksh.33.13 per litre, according to an announcement made last week by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

The weighted average cost of imported refined petroleum products, according to the Authority’s Director General Daniel Kiptoo Bargoria, is what led to price increases.

With the modifications, Super Petrol in Nairobi will now sell gasoline for Ksh. 211.64 per litre, diesel for Ksh. 200.99, and kerosene for Ksh. 202.61.

Super Petrol costs Ksh. 208.58 per liter, Diesel Ksh. 197.93, and Kerosene Ksh. 199.54 in Mombasa, and Ksh. 211.40 for Super Petrol, Ksh. 201.16 for Diesel, and Ksh. 202.77 for Kerosene in Kisumu.

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