The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) on Tuesday, May 14, announced new fuel prices which came into effect on Tuesday midnight.
The authority increased the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by KSh 5.43, KSh 2.24 and KSh 2.40 per litre respectively.
Super petrol is now retailing at KSh 112.03, diesel KSh 104.37 and kerosene KSh 104.62 per litre in Nairobi as per the regulator’s May 2019 price review.
The pump prices have risen steadily in the past three months during which the cost of kerosene has increased by KSh 7.63, diesel KSh 8.31 and super petrol KSh 8.31 per litre.
The rise in fuel prices is expected to push up cost of services such as transport and basic commodities including food items like unga (maize flour), milk, sugar and bread owing to increase in cost of production of these goods.
Manufacturers of the said food items would most likely be forced to pass over to consumers the additional cost of production.
Kenyans had already started feeling the pinch and that can be explained by the soaring rate of inflation, a sustained increase in the general price of goods and services over a period of time.
Inflation rate rose to 6.58% in April, up from 4.35% in March and 4.14% in February 2019 going by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data.
With the prices of goods and services continuously on the rise, the rate of inflation may also soar, which means cost of living is likely to be higher in the month of May compared to the past few months.
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