Vehicles pictured in traffic in Nairobi. The government has warned Kenyans against travelling to visit family for Christmas.
Vehicles pictured in traffic in Nairobi.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) on Thursday, January 14 announced an increase in fuel prices.

Pump prices for Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene in Nairobi were raised by Ksh0.17 per liter, Ksh4.57 per litre and Ksh3.56 per litre respectively. Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene will thus retail at Kshs.106.99, Kshs.96.40 and Kshs.87.12 per litre respectively.

The prices will be in force from January 15 to February 14, 2021.

EPRA stated that the hike was informed by increased average landed costs – the total charge associated with getting a shipment to its destination.

Average landed costs for Super Petrol rose by 1.51% in December 2020 compared to the previous month. In the same period, landed costs for Diesel increased by 13.05% while Kerosene increased by 9.27 per cent.

Vehicles pictured on Thika Superhighway in Nairobi
Vehicles pictured on Thika Superhighway in Nairobi

Notably, currency devaluation also saw imports become more expensive.

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“Over the same period, the mean monthly US Dollar to Kenya Shilling exchange rate depreciated by 0.14% from Ksh110.36 per US $ in November 2020 to Ksh110,52 per US $ in December 2020,” EPRA noted.

The increased costs are sure to affect numerous individuals and households in Kenya, with many still reeling from the economic shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maximum pump prices in Mombasa will be Ksh104.60, Ksh94.01 and Ksh84.75 for Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene respectively.

In Nakuru, Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene will cost Ksh106.69, Ksh96.31 and Ksh87.08 respectively.

In Eldoret, maximum pump prices for Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene were set at Ksh107.62, Ksh97.23 and Ksh88 respectively.

Kisumu saw pump prices set at Ksh107.61, Ksh97.23 and Ksh87.99 for Super Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene respectively.

The prices are inclusive of the 8% Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with provisions of the Finance Act.

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