Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has provided no relief to Kenyans who are already suffering from high fuel prices.
This comes after he warned Kenyans that President William Ruto’s administration would raise fuel prices once more.
Gachagua projected that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian party Hamas would further boost fuel prices during a meeting with Mt Kenya leaders and experts on Saturday.
If the violence persists, Kenyans and people around the world may be forced to dig further into their pockets for fuel, according to the DP.
“Another crisis is erupting around the Palestinians and Israel, which is not good for fuel.” Many people have accused the government of raising fuel prices. That is something that no respectable government can do,” Gachagua remarked.
Gachagua defended the government against requests to resume fuel subsidies, claiming that doing so would necessitate additional taxes on Kenyans.
“If we subsidize fuel today, we’ll have to collect that money from somewhere and we will have to add more taxes..so we are saying we cannot subsidize fuel because that money will have to come from somebody, and that money would have to come from the taxpayer,” he said.
In Nairobi, a liter of petrol costs Ksh217.36, a litre of diesel costs Ksh205.47, and a litre of kerosene costs Ksh205.06.
The new price adjustment follows the government’s stabilisation strategy, which is intended to help Kenyans who are already struggling to make ends meet.