Raila Odinga and Peter Kenneth discuss fuel price rise


Raila Odinga and Peter Kenneth discuss fuel price rise
Opposition leader Raila Odinga in a meeting with former assistant minister Peter Kenneth at his Capitol Hill offices on Tuesday September 9, 2018. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The two met for talks on the state of the nation, focusing on the economy and political developments in the country, according to a statement sent to newsrooms by Mr. Odinga’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango.
  • The former premier said there is legitimate concern that the rising cost of fuel will touch all other areas and could cause food inflation and demands for pay by workers, thereby hurting employers.
  • The ODM leader also reportedly briefed the former Gatanga legislator on the progress of the Building Bridges Initiative and the on-going war on corruption.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday morning hosted former assistant minister Peter Kenneth at his Capitol Hill offices in Nairobi.

The two met for talks on the state of the nation, focusing on the economy and political developments in the country, according to a statement sent to newsrooms by Mr. Odinga’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango.

“The two leaders paid special attention to the rising cost of fuel and its projected spiral effect on other aspects of life,” read the statement.

“Drawing from his Treasury background, Mr. Kenneth shared insights on what can be done to balance the need to raise money to run the country without raising the cost of fuel.”

The former premier said there is legitimate concern that the rising cost of fuel will touch all other areas and could cause food inflation and demands for pay by workers, thereby hurting employers.

“The challenge is to find ways of balancing between the need to raise money to run the country while protecting the vulnerable members of society. A way out has to be found,” said Mr. Odinga.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader also reportedly briefed the former Gatanga legislator on the progress of the Building Bridges Initiative and the on-going war on corruption, which is a key component of the handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Kenneth expressed support for the war to rid the country of corruption and the bid to unite Kenyans.

“Anytime cost of fuel goes up, the spiral effect hurts the common person first in a big way because the first thing that comes up is food inflation,” said the former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate.

“We can have the VAT but we can reduce other taxes associated with fuel so that the price remains the same or nearer.”

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