Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has hit back at Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over the spike in fuel prices in the country and its economic impact on Kenyans.
In a statement on Monday, September 18, the CS maintained that he is well positioned to respond to such matters noting that he is the minister in charge of the private sector.
According to Kuria, the increase in the cost of fuel is a global issue that involves many stakeholders from other countries. He added that the ongoing oil cuts were already a well-known fact.
“August fuel stocks will land in October. The cost is well known, and it is scientific. September shipments will land in November. Costs are also known. From there we move to winter in the US and expected stockpiles.
“And then the bilateral arrangements between Saudis and Russia on the one side and China and India on the other hand plus ongoing oil cuts,” Kuria noted.
Further, the CS has maintained that his advice to Kenyans was based on science and facts and not politics.
“As Minister responsible for Private Sector mine is to advise business based on science not truthful voodoo,” added Kuria.
Gachagua’s Warning to Moses Kuria
In a statement on Sunday, September 17, Gachagua issued a warning to political leaders who were responding to concerns about the cost of living, noting that some of the leaders were responding with arrogance.
Additionally, he affirmed that the remarks by those leaders were not a true representation of sentiments shared by the Kenya Kwanza government.
“I would like to remind them that although the people of Kenya did not employ them directly, they decisively elected President William Ruto who in turn appointed them Cabinet secretaries and Advisors,” he warned.
Kuria’s Response to Increased Fuel Prices
On Saturday, September 16, CS Kuria shocked Kenyans after stating that their complaints about increased fuel prices were futile.
He stated that the cost of fuel would continue to rise, and that Kenyans should brace themselves for even more difficult times.
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He argued that he was telling the people the truth and that was what other responsible leaders ought to do.
“These are global and climate change driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” stated Kuria.