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Epra Boss Daniel Kiptoo Explains Why Kenyan Fuel Costs More Than Tanzanian Fuel

Daniel Kiptoo, director general of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), has responded to concerns over neighboring countries’ lower fuel prices amid worries that Kenya may raise fuel prices to a record high on November 4.

During his Tuesday appearance before the National Assembly Energy Committee, Kiptoo identified two reasons for the disparity between Kenya’s and Uganda’s high gasoline costs.

The pricing mechanism and the currency rate were named by the DG as the reasons behind the large variations in prices.

The Tanzanian shilling has somewhat weakened against the Kenyan shilling in recent months, according to the DG.

For the most part of the year, however, the dollar had surpassed the Kenyan shilling in value. At the moment, a dollar retails for Ksh151.40.

However, according to the head of EPRA, Tanzania has a separate process model that dates back two months and is based on economic considerations.

On the other hand, Kenyans take into account the previous month’s economic circumstances.

Davis Chirchir, the cabinet secretary for energy, continued by saying that Kenya’s petroleum product tariffs could not be compared to those of its neighbors.

Thus, the CS hinted that if the industry is examined as a whole, prices in Kenya will go down.

Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utilities Authority (EWURA) recently reviewed the price of Super Petrol and found that it was now Ksh197.62 instead of Ksh198.04. Similar quantities are being sold in Kenya for Ksh217.36 following a KshKsh5.72 hike.

Tanzanian diesel prices were fixed at Ksh 203.65. In Kenya, the equivalent amount is Ksh205.47.

Prices in Kenya, however, might increase as CS Chirchir hinted that they might soon approach Ksh300 due to international causes, such as the Israel-Hamas war.

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