No respite for hustlers as MURKOMEN moves to increase fuel prices by 4 bob for every litre in just one move – Look!

Thursday, March 21, 2024 - Kenyans are staring at higher fuel prices following a proposal by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen to increase the cost of the Road Maintenance Levy Fund (RMLF) by Ksh4 within the next nine months.

The RMLF is a levy collected for every litre of fuel purchased at the pump. It is currently set at Ksh18 per litre of diesel and petrol and is channelled towards the maintenance and upgrading of roads across the country.

Responding to questions from Senators in Parliament yesterday, Murkomen explained that the cost of maintaining roads had risen significantly and hence more funds were required to bridge the gap.

He proposed that the levy should be increased to Ksh22 for every litre of fuel, to boost the fuel levy collection in the subsequent financial year.

"I'm working on a Cabinet memo to think of how else we can do what we need to do including tolling. We have proposed the RMLF should be increased to Ksh22 per litre by the year 2025 if we're going to breach the gap in place," he stated.

The CS defended the proposal by pointing out that the RMLF had not been increased for eight years despite a hike in fuel prices.

"The situation is further complicated that the fuel levy has remained at Ksh18 per litre since 2016 at a time when a litre of petrol cost was Ksh100. In 2024, the levy is still at Ksh18 per litre whereas a litre of petrol costs Ksh200," he noted.

He noted that agencies such as Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) lacked the adequate funds needed to carry out their mandates.

The Kenyan DAILY OST

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