Lawyer Dr. Miguna Miguna has slammed Investment Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria for his recent remarks regarding fuel prices in Kenya.
In a statement on Friday, September 15, CS Kuria stated that the global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory.
Therefore, he said that for planning purposes, Kenyans should expect pump prices to go up by Ksh10 every month until February 2024.
Further, CS Kuria on Saturday, September 16 emphasized that the price of fuel will shoot to Ksh. 260 by February 2024.
“I repeat. Petrol will be 260 Ksh by February. And El Nino is coming in 3 weeks that will last till March.
These are global and climate change driven and responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” said Kuria.
Miguna to Kuria
Miguna castigated CS Kuria stating that he should take steps as a leader to help Kenyans.
“No, CS, responsible leaders take concrete steps to ameliorate the suffering of their citizens,” said the lawyer.
Additionally, the legal scholar challenged the CS to reveal the measures he is taking to counter the global problems causing damage.
“The question is: what are you doing to ensure that those so-called global problems have the least negative effects on your citizens?” asked the lawyer.
Further, the vocal government critic reasoned that leadership does not involve mentioning the existence of the challenges without taking any action providing the needed solutions.
“Wailing about their existence isn’t leadership. Goading, threatening, and boasting at the long-suffering citizens is not leadership. It is childishness, he told off the CS.
High Cost of Living
Also, CS Kuria mentioned that the cost of living cannot come down through demonstrations.
He also criticized individuals for using social media to push the government to lower the cost of living.
“What will you gain by spending the entire day on Twitter? If all you can do is to complain about the increased fuel prices, why don’t you dig your own borehole, get oil and lower the cost of fuel,” said Kuria.
Additionally, he accused the opposition of focusing so much on the things the government cannot deliver while ignoring the available economic services.
“These people are unique; they don’t take part in services we deliver like subsidized fertilizers. However, the ones we cannot deliver on like fuel, they shout about them,” stated Kuria.
The CS said the government will continue working towards delivering its manifesto.
On September 14, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced new pump prices for the September-October period.
According to EPRA, Super Petrol increased by Kshs.16.96, Diesel increased by Kshs.21.32 per litre and Kerosene increased by Kshs.33.13 per litre.