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DP Ruto's Comment on the Fuel Prices in Kenya Stirs Mixed Reactions

For the first time, the Deputy President Dr William Ruto on Monday was heard to condemn the increased fuel prices in Kenya as compared to other neighboring countries like Uganda and Tanzania. According to DP Ruto, it is not possible for Uganda to sell the fuel products at a lower cost than Kenya because the country is landlocked. Uganda accesses fuels through the Kenya's Coast.

On Tuesday, the Deputy President on his twitter account claimed that there are those influential people and Cartels in the Ministry of Energy who have contributed the hype in the fuel prices to 'gift' the private sectors 12/= per litre. He wrote, "Decisions amongst them to 'gift' Sh12/litre to private companies causing the punitive fuel costs while cartels rake super profits must be reversed and all corrupt public officials involved/benefiting prosecuted. Price controls must be removed for competition to lower prices.

The DP Ruto's statement caused mixed reactions from Kenyans. This is because they little expect him to complain on social media just like any other citizen bearing in mind the office he occupies and the authority conferred to him by the Constitution, being the Second in command. Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans online.

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