Ruto’s Boys Need Help. Oil Prices Have Exploded

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There are crazies and lunatics out there but as long as they are not the ones running our government all we can do is be sympathetic and ask them to take medications as prescribed by their psychiatrists. But what does the country do when the crazies are the ones running the Ruto government? What medication can Kenyans give them to help them regain their senses?

Just listen to Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah speaking about how Ezra (Ruto) is very well grounded never mind that this Ezra whoever he was wrote his thing 5,000 years ago and William Ruto is supposed to be Kenya’s President in 2023.

Ruto’s mambo ni matatu phrase is Biblical – Ichung’wah

“Ezra 7:26 says whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the King must surely be punished by death.”

“The book of Ezra 7:26 says that whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the King must surely be punished by death, banishment, confiscation of property or imprisonment. Mambo ni matatu,” he said.

Ichung’wah said the President’s ‘mambo ni matatu’ strategy was the best way of fighting corruption in the country and is in fact, a deterrent measure advocated by the Bible.

This was in response to a question raised in parliament by an MP who accused Ruto of threatening extra-judicial murder of Kenyans.

“Can the Majority leader confirm that he is encouraging extra-judicial killings or people being sentenced without judicial trial or others deported to places without due procedure?” Kajwang posed.

Ichung’wah said he was not encouraging extra-judicial killings but rather backing the approach of doing something about corruption rather than merely speaking about it.

“And also Madam Speaker, to explain to us how Ezra, written 5,000 years ago applies in a situation where democracy is now reigning,” KIlgoris MP Julius Sunkuli said.

Ichung’wah said the only way for all and sundry to avoid hell and win the ticket to Heaven the right way was to follow the Lord’s way and accept that corruption is evil.

If what Ichung’wah is saying is even remotely true then his boss William Ruto is headed straight to hell and he better enjoy his heaven of stolen wealth here on earth vigorously and invite the likes of Ichung’wah for party now unless he wants to invite them to hell in a few years.

The other psychotic lunatic Ruto has in his government for whom he needs to get a psychiatrist and some very serious medications are Moses Kuria. You can be stupid and embarrassed but do it at your own time not by going to national TV and lying to Kenyans all the time about how terrific Ruto has been in reducing the prices of basic commodities when you are proven to be lying you don’t even have the basic courtesy to accept your mistake. Of course, when you are working for god you can’t possibly make mistakes but when the blunder is so obvious, what do you do?

Now Ruto needs Kuria and Ichung’wah to go to Kenyans and then Inchung’wah can explain to the country why it is God’s wish that Kenyans should pay more for everything as fuel prices go up and Kuria can go to the gas stations and provide fake videos and pictures of very low prices of fuel due to the magnificent work of President William Ruto and Kenyans will be clapping about the great achievements of Ruto just after Year One of his rule. Wouldn’t that be grand for the president and for Kenyans?

The reality on the ground is that Kenyans are set for tougher economic times after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority increased the prices of fuel in the latest review.

In the review, the price of petrol is up by almost Sh17 per litre while that of diesel has increased by about Sh21.32 per litre.

“The maximum allowed petroleum pump prices in Nairobi are as follows: Super Petrol increases by KShs.16.96, Diesel increases by KShs.21.32 per litre and  Kerosene increases by KShs.33.13 per litre,” Epra announced on Thursday.

The latest review means the prices of fuel will hit a record high and breach the Sh200 mark.

“The prices are inclusive of the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) in line with the provision of the Finance Act 2023,” Epra further said.

The increase has been fueled by the average landing cost of imported petrol, diesel and kerosene.

“The average landed cost of imported Super Petrol increased by 4.80% from US$739.21 per cubic metre in July 2023 to US$774.67 per cubic metre in August 2023; Diesel increased by 12.52% from US$701.99 per cubic metre to US$789.89 per cubic metre while Kerosene increased by 19.79% from US$690.58 per cubic metre to US$827.26 per cubic metre,” Epra stated.

The real bad news here for Kenyans is that as the price of fuel goes up like they just did today, the prices of everything will go up by bigger amounts. Every product produced using fuel will have increase in price by the same amount as the fuel prices.

At the end of this month when the prices settle down Kenyans will find themselves paying the highest prices for some of the products they use every day. That is what William Ruto rule means for Kenyans so far and it is getting worse every day.

Most annoying is that the price of Kerosene has gone up 20%. Talk about bottoms down not up. Kerosene is the fuel for light and everything for the poorest people in Kenya. Those are people with no electricity whatsoever, no cooking cylinders or anything like that. They use Kerosene (mafuta taa) as their only source for lighting their homes at night and often for their little cooking stoves. The Ruto government has blown the price of Kerosene to levels unimaginable before. He must be very proud about that in the anniversary of his first year in office.

Mr. President, good luck to you with these explosive fuel prices in Kenya which will increase the prices of everything in the country. Happy One Year.

Now the nonsense Kenyans are going to hear over and over again is that there is nothing the Kenyan government can do to reduce the price of fuel which has hit a historic high and will mess the entire economy for decades to come. That is a lie.

The Ruto government today can declare that due to the explosion of fuel prices in Kenya they are removing the entire 16% VAT tax on gas and fuel until things are settled. That will actually reduce the price of fuel lower than it has ever been and that is something the government can do right away because there is nothing stopping them except their greed for tax money. Can Ruto take out VAT from fuel to save Kenyans and the Kenyan economy?

Adongo Ogony is a Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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