It has emerged that hundreds of drivers in the towns of Busia and Malaba have been crossing the border into Uganda to buy cheap fuel for their cars and motorcycles as complaints continue following rising prices in Kenya.
The price of petrol in Uganda is Sh110 and diesel is sold at Sh102 per liter compared to Sh137 and Sh120 respectively in Kenya.
Most of those crossing the border to buy oil in Uganda are motorcycle riders who have not been strictly inspected at the border.
Public transport operators have also been using these bodabodas to buy cheap fuel in Uganda.
Busia County bodaboda association chairman Erick Makokha said 10,000 members would continue to buy oil in Uganda and deprive Kenya of tariffs linked to rising commodity prices.
“We are among the people who trade in oil in the country. But we cannot continue to suffer in our country when we can find a solution in a neighboring country. We will be buying oil in Uganda and returning to Kenya for business, ”said Mr Makokha.
"On a typical day, we used to sell 450 liters but since oil prices soared in Kenya, we sell all the fuel per day," he said.
Rising fuel prices have also caused public transport vehicles to increase fares. A trip that used to cost Sh100 now costs Sh150.
“Passengers think we are harassing them by asking them to pay more than they were paying. But this is because of the cost of fuel, ”said Mr Patrick Mombo, a matatu driver who works on the Busia-Mumias-Kakamega road.
Meanwhile elders in Tana River County are urging Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga to pressure lawmakers in their camps to overturn rising oil prices.
Speaking at a rally in Minjila, the elders said the two had enough support in parliament. So they were in a good position to order the MPs to oppose the change.
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