Francis Atwoli, Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), has written out to President William Ruto, requesting a high-level meeting with his advisors and key ministries.
Atwoli stated today during the Industrial Global Union Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Committee meeting in Mombasa that the conference is aimed at seeking solutions to the high cost of living.
“COTU (K) has already initiated contact with His Excellency President William in order to arrange a high-level meeting with his advisors and relevant ministries.” “The goal is to investigate potential solutions to the escalating cost of living crisis,” stated Atwoli.
This comes just days after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) raised Super Petrol rates by Sh5.72 per litre, Diesel prices by Sh4.48 per litre, and Kerosene prices by Sh2.45 per liter.
“The prices are inclusive of the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provisions of the Finance Act 2023, the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2020 and the revised rates for excise duty adjusted for inflation as per Legal Notice No. 194 of 2020,” the EPRA said on October 14.
Super Petrol, Diesel, and Kerosene are now priced at Sh217.36, Sh205.47, and Sh205.06, respectively.
The authority stated that the situation might have been worse if Kenya and the Gulf countries had not formed a Government-to-Government agreement.