Machakos Governor, Wavinya Ndeti has urged President William Ruto to urgently take measures that will bring down the high prices of fuel.
Speaking at Our Lady of Lourdes Machakos Cathedral during a funds drive on Saturday afternoon, Wavinya said the increase in fuel prices will trigger inflation across all other sectors of the economy, making the lives of Kenyans more difficult.
Governor Wavinya said that the new development will inflict more pain on the already overburdened Kenyans who have been weighed down by heavy taxation.
“We are asking President Ruto to find a way to cushion Kenyans from the skyrocketing fuel prices because the cost of many other essential commodities will most likely shoot up,” Governor Wavinya stated.
She noted that the high fuel prices could also trigger an economic slowdown due to the limited movement of goods and people.
“We are likely to experience a slowdown of economic activities in the country due to the high cost of transportation. That state of affairs should be addressed through an urgent fiscal intervention. Even in schools, everything will go up because most of the commodities depend on fuel and this will make learning for our children unbearable,” she added.
On Thursday, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority announced a new increment in fuel prices where petrol, diesel, and kerosene prices crossed the Ksh. 200 mark. This has been criticized by many Kenyans who hoped that the Kenya Kwanza government would reduce the fuel prices as they promised during the 2022 Campaigns.
Wavinya also announced that her government had already procured assorted seeds worth Ksh.150 million that will be distributed to farmers across the county ahead of the expected El Nino rains.
“I plan to ensure maximum food production across the county through farmer support. We seek to promote interventions that will make Machakos a food-secure county,” she said.