Wajir Petrol Stations Remain Closed As Motorists Protest Fuel Price Hike
Transport in Wajir is on a stand still for the second day running after the motorists decided to park their cars as they continue to protest against high fuel prices. The Motorists are angered by the sharp hike of petrol prices. ”We used to pay Ksh. 125 even before the introduction of the 16% VAT and now petrol stations are selling a litre at Ksh. 145.
The Taxi Association Chairman Mr. Hashim said the new price will affect their business negatively as they might not be able to raise the Taxi fares considering the poor state of many residents. “While the new price is nationally set at Ksh. 130 we are wondering how petrol stations in Wajir opted for Ksh. 145,” lamented Mr. Hashim.
“We have faced so many challenges and these new fuel prices will make it even harder for us,” said Mr. Hassan another Taxi driver. The residents are already feeling the pain of fuel price rise as prices of basic commodities begin to rise.
NFD Dispatch learnt that a number of petrol stations are closed as the operating few are recording minimal sales.