Friday, February 10, 2023 – Hustlers are reportedly angry with President William Ruto following the high cost of living orchestrated by the increase in the price of essential commodities since he took over power in September.
From unga to water, electricity, and fuel, the prices have been going up steadily beyond the reach of hustlers.
And now, gas has also increased, making Kenyans to resort to using charcoal, kerosene and other alternative energy sources for cooking and other domestic uses.
The price of cooking gas increased by a whopping Ksh500 in just one week.
Reports indicated that a six kg cylinder that previously sold for Ksh1,800 surged to Ksh2,600.
In comparison, a 13kg cylinder that previously retailed at Ksh2,600 increased to Ksh3,100 in Nairobi.
Informing Kenyans of the changes, local retailers contacted their customers, stating that the increase in gas prices resulted from government regulatory measures.
“Due to government regulations, gas prices have increased. In case of a reduction, we will let you know,” the message from gas retailers read in part.
However, since the price of cooking gas was not regulated by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), consumers are at the mercy of market dynamics.
Key industry players attributed the increase in gas prices to the weakening of the Kenyan shilling against the US dollar.
This comes as Raila Odinga has sustained pressure on Ruto’s government to reduce the cost of living as it promised during campaigns.
And as it seems, hustlers may join his revolution against Ruto’s government if things don’t change for the better.
The Kenyan DAILY POST