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February 16, 2019

We won’t protest fuel rise, but hike fare – MOA

MOA chairman Simon Kimutai /PATRICK VIDIJA
MOA chairman Simon Kimutai /PATRICK VIDIJA
The protest against high fuel prices organised by the Kenya Motorists Association on Wednesday was ill-advised, Matatu Owners Association chairman Simon Kimutai has said.
He said this was the reason matatu saccos did not participate. “You cannot tell motorists to park their vehicles on the highway, affecting everyone who is not part of the problem,” Kimutai said on Wednesday.
He said the KMA knows the people responsible for hiking the fuel prices and the move to block and park vehicles on the road was no solution.
On Wednesday, the KMA had planned a ‘park and walk’ protest within Nairobi against increased  fuel prices.
In June 2018, Treasury CS Henry Rotich announced that petroleum products would start attracting 16 per cent VAT beginning September 1. This will add about Sh17 to every litre of petrol.
In Nairobi, this will increase petrol prices from Sh112.1 to Sh130 per litre, an increment of Sh17.9.
KMA chairman Peter Murima had earlier told the Star that every Wednesday they would protest failure by the CS to rescind VAT decision, until the VAT goes down.
However, Kimutai said matatus will not go on strike over the new tax levies but instead will increase fares. “We have urged our members to spread the word on fare hikes within Nairobi so commuters can also be aware,” Kimutai said.
He had earlier announced that fare in Nairobi will increase by between Sh10 to Sh30. Kimutai said the increase will take effect immediately the government implements the 16 per cent tax levy on petroleum.
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