Just a few days after EPRA announced the increment of fuel prices, Kenyan’s on boarder towns like Homabay,Kisii and Migori have opted for a cheaper means of getting the commodity from the neighboring country Tanzania. Stung by the hiked prices, the residents of this towns are taking advantage of the porous borders to access the commodity from Tanzania where it retails cheaply especially via Sirare. The hike by EPRA has seen the Price of Petrol shoot above the Sh.120 mark per litre, pushing it to a nine-year high at a time when the country is struggling with the effects of covid-19 amid a third wave. Diesel is retailing at Sh.120 while kerosene shot to Sh.99.
The residents of this towns just like other Kenyans feels that its cheaper to buy in the neighboring country compared to buying in Kenya.
In an interview with a Nation Journalist, a resident had this to say: “It is cheaper buying across the boarder where a litre goes for Sh.93 compared to Kenya where the same amount goes for between Sh.128 and Sh.130 in Migori. We will countinue buying the commodity in Tanzania since our government is insensitive to our plight,”
Boda Boda riders across the country have also decried the increase which is really affecting their business. Some claimed that custormers are not willing to pay more over the same distance whereas they are spending more on fuel….