Motorists association calls on Kenyans to protest fuel levy

The Kenyan Motorists Association is calling on all Kenyans who own cars to park them on major roads for three hours Wednesday morning to protest against the impending increase in fuel prices.

Motorists Association Chairman Peter Murima is asking all vehicle owners to frustrate movement on all roads on Wednesday between 7:30am and 10:30am.

Treasury plans to implement the 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products on September 1st, having deferred it for two years.

Matatu Owners Association Chairman, Simon Kimutai announced last week that fare prices will consequently go up and as expected, cost of living is also bound to go up.

VAT is a key financial condition prescribed by the IMF for Kenya to improve domestic revenues and tame the mounting public debt.

The new tax will increase fuel prices by up to 17 shillings, which most motorists feel is unfair considering that pump prices are already high.

The strategy was once used in Germany to protest against fuel price increase. That day, motorists left their cars on roads and left for home.

It remains to be seen whether this will work in Kenya.


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