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Kenyans decry petrol, kerosene price hike

According to EPRA, petrol prices increased by KSh 3 per litre. (PHOTO/File)

NAIROBI – Kenya’s Energy, Petroleum and Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced an increase in petrol prices by KSh 3 per litre in their monthly review.

“This month’s changes are as a consequence of average landed cost of imported Super Petrol increasing by 4.54% from US$514.72 per cubic metre in April 2019 to US$538.08 per cubic metre in May 2019,” announced EPRA.

“Diesel increasing by 0.52% from US$533.07 per cubic metre to US$535.84 per cubic metre and Kerosene decreasing by 0.43% from US$535.17 per cubic metre to US$532.89 per cubic metre,” it added.

Diesel price also increased significantly by KSh 0.39 per litre while kerosene decreased by KSh 0.34 per litre.

This means that motorists in Nairobi will now have to pay KSh 115.10 per littre for super petrol, KSh 104.76 for diesel and KSh 104.28 for kerosene.

In Mombasa, Kenyans will pay KSh 115.10, KSh 104.76, and KSh 104.28 per littre of petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively.

For Nakuru and its environs each litre of petrol will cost KSh 115.57, diesel KSh 105.45 and kerosene KSh 104.98.

Kisumu resident will have to part with KSh 116.56, KSh 1016.45, and KSh 105.97 for a litre of petrol, diesel and kerosene respectively.

The fuel prices which were effected on Saturday, June 15, are expected to run up to July 14, 2019.

The rise in fuel prices is expected to push up the cost of services such as transport and basic commodities including food items like unga (maize flour), milk, sugar and bread owing to increase in the cost of production of these goods.

March this year, Kerosene and diesel users in Tanzania decried the pump prices of diesel and kerosene for at least a month.

Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) said changes in prices of petroleum products received through Tanga, Dar es Salaam and Mtwara ports are pegged on world oil market prices and increases in the basis point premiums.

They said the difference in prices of the products in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara was due to the period of oil importation and transport cost.

Ewura acting director-general Nzinyangwa Mchany said retail prices of diesel and kerosene had increased by Tsh51 per litre ($0.02172) while prices of kerosene went up by Tsh50 per litre ($0.02129). A litre of petrol dropped by Tsh 23 ($0.00979).

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