- CS Kuria had earlier told Kenyans to expect more rise in fuel prices for the next five months.
- Justifying his remarks, the CS went ahead and said that responsible leaders should tell people the truth as it was.
Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industries Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has now linked the high cost of fuel in Kenya to climate change.
Through his Social media X handle on Saturday, the CS even claimed that by February 2024, Petrol will cost Sh260.
"I repeat. Petrol will be Sh260 by February. El Nino is coming in three weeks which will last till March," Kuria said.
Justifying his remarks, the CS went ahead and said that responsible leaders should tell people the truth as it was.
"These are global and climate change driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want," Kuria added.
Speaking in Eldoret on Friday, the former Gatundu South MP had told off critics over the high price of fuel saying that the price of crude oil worldwide has increased leading to a hike in cost of fuel prices. Therefore, there was no need to complain.
"Ukishinda asubuhi mpaka jioni , bei ya mafuta imeongezeka, si uchimbe kisima yako? Wale watu wamakelele kama wakona kisima, niko tayari kuchimba kesho," he said.
This loosely translates to: From morning till evening If you keep on saying the price of fuel has gone up, why don't you dig your own oil well? Those people making noise, If they have their own well, I'm ready to start digging tomorrow.
His statement comes even as Kenyans continued to express their anger after the government announced sky-high fuel prices.
CS Kuria had earlier told Kenyans to expect more rise in fuel prices for the next five months.
He said that the prices will be increasing as the Global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory.
"For planning purposes expect pump prices to go up by Sh10 every month till February," Kuria said in a statement.
Fuel prices have crossed a record Sh200 mark for the first time in Kenya's history, with the rate rising by as much as Sh20 for every litre.
In its latest price review released on Thursday, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority.
Revised the prices upwards as follows; Super Petrol by Sh16.96, Diesel by Sh21.32 and Kerosene by Sh33.13.
This means the pump prices will be as follows; Super Petrol at Sh211.64, Diesel at Sh201 and Kerosene at Sh202.13 per litre in Nairobi.