Motorists and boda boda riders took to the streets of Migori Town on Thursday, September 16, to protest the recent rise of fuel prices in the country.
Activities in the town were paralysed as the protestors blocked the road with stones and burnt tyres.
They lamented that the increase in fuel prices would lead to the escalation of the cost of food, transport and production.
The demonstration happened just moments after the Chairman of Association of Matatu Operators Jamal Marlow Rohosafi dismissed a poster that was making rounds on social media, indicating that there would be a nationwide strike over the increase of fuel prices.
“There is no demonstration,” Jamal said.
The notice shared widely on different social media platforms indicated that the strike was to begin on Thursday, September 16 at 12 noon.
On Tuesday, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced that petrol prices had increased by Ksh7.58 per liter to retail at Ksh134.72 in Nairobi while diesel increased by Ksh7.94 to retail at Ksh115.
On the other hand, kerosene spiked by Ksh12.97 to retail at Ksh110.2.
Parliament has summoned Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter, and his Petroleum counterpart, John Munyes after the uproar.
The duo is expected to explain why the fuel prices experienced such a sharp spike.
They will appear before the Senate in the week beginning Monday, September 20.