Two Kenyans moved to court Monday to petition the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) and Kenya Revenue Authority over recent hiked fuel prices.
According to Isaiah Odando and Wilson Yata, the government failed to consider common citizens at a time when the economy is reeling from the coronavirus effects.
Other respondents in the case are National Assembly and petroleum Cabinet Secretary.
Among the orders they are seeking is to quash the decision by the KRA Commissioner General to adjust excise duty rates for petroleum products effective October 1, 2021 subject to approval by the Cabinet Secretary and the National Treasury.
According to the petitioners, the respondents have ignored proper public participation of Kenyans before adjusting the rates.
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They further argue that Kenyans have been subjected to heavy fuel tax notwithstanding that they are already overburdened.
“The respondents have failed to be transparent and accountable to Kenyans on information as to why Kenyan fuel price retails higher as compared to its landlocked neighbors and has tax higher than the landed price of fuel,” read court papers.
Through lawyer Kenneth Omondi, the duo said the decision to increase fuel prices have driven up the cost of living.