Makueni County Senator Daniel Kitonga Maanzo has asked the court to jail Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) officials for increasing fuel prices.
Maanzo says that EPRA defied the court order suspending the Finance Act 2023 and went ahead to increase the fuel prices, revealing that the court should jail them for a period of 6 months according to the law.
“If anyone disobeys a court order, he /she is jailed for 6 months without paying any fine. The EPRA managing directors should be jailed or apologize to the court and lower the fuel prices”, Maanzo said.
The lawmaker accused the fuel prices regulators of hiking the prices without engaging the public and other experts on the issue, hence the need for the court to act and save Kenyans from the high cost of living.
“EPRA has been increasing fuel prices without public participation and without getting views from experts. We must stop this through the court and help save Kenyans who are burdened by the high cost of living that is being caused by the high fuel prices”, he added.
On 1st July, EPRA announced new fuel prices that factored in 16% VAT from the Previous 8% VAT. Petrol, diesel, and kerosene increased by Ksh 13.49, Ksh 12.39, and Ksh 11.96 per liter respectively.