COTU boss asks president Kenyatta to step in and curb rise in fuel prices

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU castigated the government for the recent increase in fuel prices and called for better ways to raise taxes.

In a statement issued on Thursday, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to come out and explain the move by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority to increase pump prices.

He said that Kenyans are suffering from the effects of COVID-19 and that president Kenyatta should not tolerate the impunity, punishment and the affront towards Kenyan workers by bodies such as EPRA.

“We would like His Excellency the President to come out and make a statement on this unfair perpetual increase in fuel prices. The President should, himself, explain to Kenyans why the government is hellbent on increasing the pain and suffering of Kenyan workers and Kenyans in general amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in the statement seen by Kass Digital.

Atwoli further said that the increase comes at a time when many workers are suffering from heavy taxation and slashed salaries due to COVID-19.

“As observed earlier, in our warning to the government to stop irritating Kenyan workers with these outrageous and insensitive increases in fuel prices, it only costs Sh.49.84 to import a litre of petrol from the Middle East while an average Kenyan has to pay an extra of around Sh.84 for every litre of petrol purchased. Interestingly, Uganda, which is a landlocked country, retails its petrol at Sh. 110 compared to Kenya’s Sh. 134,” he added.