EPRA points accusing finger on Parliament over perennial hiked fuel cost

EPRA points accusing finger on Parliament over perennial hiked fuel cost

Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has dismissed claims of being linked to hiking fuel prices in the country.

The National Treasury, the Ministry of Energy and Parliament are the state agencies that can influence the price of fuel in the country.

This is according to Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) Director-General Daniel Kiptoo who told National Assembly Committee on Finance and National Planning that the regulator had no powers to reduce fuel prices, since it tabulates the pricing using a formula approved by Parliament and National Treasury.

Kiptoo further said EPRA did not subsidize fuel this month because the National Treasury did not approve use of Fuel Stabilization Fund, which it often taps to cushion consumers.

On Tuesday, Kiptoo told the National Assembly Committee on Finance and National Planning that the Fuel Stabilization Fund had been use in the last four months.

However, the last review on September 14, 2021, resources from the fund were not utilized leading to increases in kerosene, super petrol and diesel by Ksh.12.97, Ksh.7.54 and Ksh.7.94 per litre respectively, leading to public outcry.

Kiptoo said Ksh.8.7 billion from the fuel stabilization kitty had so far been spent on subsidizing fuel prices.

When legislators questioned the taxes and levies on fuel, Kiptoo said the answers lied with the legislators, the National Treasury and the Ministry of Energy who can set or revise the components of the fuel pricing formula.

The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi directed the standing Committee on Finance and National Planning to table a report on the fuel price increase by EPRA within 14 days due to its urgency and effects it has on Kenyans.

The committee is also required to attach a draft bill to the report for any approval for publication proposing legislative intervention to the House.

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