VAT: Fuel distributors join motorists' push for fuel boycott
SEE ALSO :Nairobi: A walking cityNoor blamed the treasury for the current woes saying some policies were poorly formulated leaving the country at the mercy of its lenders. “The government has over-borrowed until the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is the one giving directives on how to run the country. The treasury should have advised the government accordingly but failed to do so,” said Noor. Mololine operations Manager David Kahiga said they were forced to hike the charges as they would no longer comfortably operate at the same fare charges with the hiked fule prices. Taita-Taveta County In Taita-Taveta County residents and leaders said the hefty fuel tax should have been delayed as the cost of living and food prices had been skyrocketing at alarming levels. Taveta Senator Jones Mwaruma noted that the increase in fuel tax would lead to a rise in electricity and basic necessities.
SEE ALSO :Major road plan fails despite Sh30b loan“We are challenging the government to rescind its decision of effecting the 16 percent tax on fuel as the move will make life unbearable to the poor Kenyans,” noted the Senator. Fuel hike affects transport in Eldoret In in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, hundreds of passengers were on Monday stranded as transport operators increased fares to various destinations. Some passengers opted to cancel their travel after learning that fares had increased by as much as Sh300 shillings. At Great Rift Shuttle services, there were very few passengers after the service increased its fares from Sh800 to Sh1,000 for passengers travelling to Nairobi. “We have lost a lot of customers because of the hiked fares. Our customers are not willing to pay the current fares," said Catherine Wangechi, one of the attendants at the shuttles that operate between Eldoret and Nairobi.
SEE ALSO :The winners and losers in city tax plan“I have been here since morning struggling to get means to Nairobi and because there is not much I can do, I have to pay the Sh1000 required which is too much,” Nancy, a passenger said.