President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned oil marketers not to hoard petroleum products and expose Kenyans to undue suffering.
He warned that strict action will be taken against oil marketers who sell the subsidized fuel outside the country.< /p>
Speaking to Kenyans yesterday during this year’s Labor Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium, the head of state said the country’s fuel subsidy program has ensured Kenya has one of the lowest petrol pump prices in the world.
< p>The President assured Kenyans that as the world’s rising cost of living takes a toll on the public, the government has taken sustained measures to cushion the vulnerable, including workers and farmers, from the cost of inputs.
Quote As an example of fuel costs, President Kenyatta said the government has priced gasoline, Dies el and kerosene are subsidized, making them among the lowest in the region.
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He pointed out that the government has not targeted consumers protected from the rise in fuel prices worldwide, the price of petrol would have been around Sh173 per litre.
“But to cushion our people the government had to pay Sh29 per litre as a subsidy. We have similarly subsidized diesel and kerosene. Currently the price of our diesel pump is Sh125.5 per liter; the lowest diesel price in our region and beyond, backed by the government subsidy of Sh40.2 per liter,” he said.
The President surveyed the private sector as a key partner in the state’s economic development journey Make readjustments that secure the elusive balance between profitability and maintaining the well-being of their workforce.
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President also pointed out that the various stimulus packages launched by his government over the past two years have helped Kenyan families cope with the challenges posed by shrinking opportunities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Unlike the private sector, which declared layoffs that led to cutbacks, the public sector maintained its workforce at pre-Covid-19 crisis levels se,” said the President.
He encouraged workers to embrace positive energy to further push the company towards the development of the country through building, believing and championing the Kenyan Dream.< /p>
President Kenyatta lauded groups such as the Jua Kali artisans on Ngong Road, Kamukunji and Kariobangi, who came together to set up a Sh250 million enterprise.
He also named the government’s Kazi Mtaani initiative, which has benefitted over 500,000 young people, as an example of positive energy.
“The Kazi Mtaani initiative grew into 1,266 youth groups organically formed. Of these groups, 1,025 have benefited from commercial loans and our affirmative action fund,” said the President.
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The head of state also paid tribute Kenyan diaspora workers for remittances of some Sh375 billion annually.
Responding to a request from Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli, President Kenyatta instructed Labor CS Simon Chelgui to ensure that the person is chosen by workers to represent them on the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board is published in the Official Gazette.
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He also took the opportunity to congratulate former Togolese Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo on his election as the first African Director-General of the International Labor Organization.
In his speech at the event g CS Chelgui thanked President Kenyatta for his leadership in ensuring workers and employees were protected during Covid-19. 19 Pandemic.
“Your Excellency, the programs you have set out including reducing Pay As You Earn (PAYE), reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) and paying stipends to those who have lost their jobs have done a great deal to protect the Kenyan people and workers,” said CS Chegui.
He also noted that Kenyan workers are on the frontline in supporting the implementation of the Big -4-government agenda.
Mr Atwoli commended the President and his government for supporting Kenyan workers, particularly in creating an enabling environment for the manufacturing sector to flourish despite the challenges posed by the Covid -19 pandemic can thrive.
Jacqueline Mugo, Executive Director of the Federation of Kenya Employers, thanked all those involved in the labor movement for their partnership working together on the Fed raising the interests of Kenyan workers.
Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu, MP Esther Passaris, Majority Speaker of the National Assembly Emmanuel Wangwe, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifu na, Ben Ombima and a host of other leaders attended the ceremony share.