Kenyans now fueling vehicles in Uganda as fuel prices soar


A section of motorists in Busia County have crossed borders into Uganda to fuel their ...
A section of motorists in Busia County have crossed borders into Uganda to fuel their vehicles in the wake of high petrol and diesel prices in Kenya. [PHOTO | FILE]

In Summary

  • A section of motorists in Busia County are now forced to cross borders into Uganda to fuel their vehicles in the wake of rocket high petrol and diesel prices in Kenya.
  • A spot-check by Citizen TV’s Kassim Adinasi on Monday in Namilongo, Uganda established that many vehicles and boda bodas with Kenyan registration plates were fueling at different pumps in the area.
  • The ERC directive issued on Saturday will now see petrol retail at Ksh.127.80 while a litre of Kerosene will cost Ksh.97.41 in Nairobi.

A section of motorists in Busia County are now forced to cross borders into Uganda to fuel their vehicles in the wake of rocket high petrol and diesel prices in Kenya.

In Uganda, a litre of super octane unleaded petrol retails at Ksh.108 (Ush.4080) compared to Kenya’s Ksh.131.

A spot-check by Citizen TV’s Kassim Adinasi on Monday in Namilongo, Uganda established that many vehicles and boda bodas with Kenyan registration plates were fueling at different pumps in the area.

Motorists, who spoke to Mr. Adinasi, expressed their gripe at the introduction of a new 16 per cent V.A.T on fuel, which sees them a lot more for a litre of petrol or diesel.

The new tax on petroleum products came into effect on September 1 with the energy regulator ERC releasing new fuel prices reflecting the 16 percent Value Added Tax.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been pushing the government to end the suspension that was announced two years ago and raise its revenues as budget deficits and debt continue to spiral. Fuel products are part of Kenya’s most taxed commodities.

The ERC directive issued on Saturday will now see petrol retail at Ksh.127.80 while a litre of Kerosene will cost Ksh.97.41 in Nairobi.

Mandera motorists will pay the highest for super petrol at Ksh.141.61 followed by Wajir (136.06), Liboi (135.24), Marsabit (134.71), Garissa and Maua (132.37), Isiolo (131.03), Meru (130.49), Mtito Andei (130.45) and Nkubu (130.21).

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