Eric Omondi invites public to fuel anti-gov’t protests

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 16 Sep, 2023 15:41 | 2 mins read
Eric Omondi invites public to fuel anti-gov’t protests
Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi. PHOTO/Eric Omondi/Instagram

Comedian-cum-activist Eric Omondi has called upon Kenyans to join him in protests against the new fuel prices.

In a video, Omondi who was speaking outside the court announced that the rallies would begin on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, outside Parliament buildings.

"We are going to start a revolution from this Tuesday. I'm calling upon every young man who disagrees with tax increases and the high cost of living we meet at the Kenya National Parliament on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Wacha kiumane... because it is not getting any better. They have started taxing school-going children," Eric Omondi stated.

"I want to tell the President to do what you can do, do your best ...enough is enough. We are going to bring revolution to your doorstep. One day you will realize we have 55 million Kenyans and less than 2,000 government officials," he added.

This comes after Eric Omondi and the co-accused were sentenced to one month in prison or a fine of Ksh10,000 for holding an unlawful assembly while protesting against the rising cost of living.

The judge found them guilty of not having the requisite permissions for their assembly at Parliament premises.

In his reaction, Eric Omondi demonstrated the irony and coincidence of being sentenced to a jail term for protesting against the rising cost of living at a time when fuel prices shot the highest in history.

In the latest review, the Energy and Petroleum and Regulatory Authority (EPRA) increased Super Petrol prices by Ksh16.96, Diesel by Ksh21.32 and Kerosene by Ksh33.13.

The changes that took effect today, September 15, saw the retail price of a litre of Super Petrol in Nairobi rise to Ksh211.64, Diesel Ksh200.99, and Kerosene Ksh202.61.

In his response to the hike, Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir said the government has no control over the skyrocketing fuel prices.

Chirchir who was speaking before the National Assembly’s Energy Committee said the country could face harder times due to escalating global fuel prices.

"We are dealing with sovereign governments as suppliers of these products. We are likely going to harder times. There is nothing much we can do about it," Chirchir noted.

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