Trade CS Moses Kuria apologizes for remarks on high fuel prices after facing criticism from Kenyans.
Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria on Wednesday issued a sarcastic apology to all Kenyans for his remarks mocking those complaining over rising fuel prices.
In a statement, the controversial CS while aiming a sly dig at Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale said the apology has been necessitated by criticism from the legislator who asked President William Ruto to sack the Kuria for failing Kenyans and making insensitive comments.
“Dear Kenyans. On Friday 15th September I made some comments indicating that the price of fuel is likely to go up in the coming months owing to global dynamics,” Kuria said in the statement.
“I have since been advised by people like Dr. Boni Khalwale and his master that the statement was incorrect, insensitive, and ARROGANT. I am made to now understand that the price will come down. I apologize profusely since to err is human,” he added.
Kuria’s purported ‘apology’ comes after the CS attracted the wrath of Kenyans for dismissing those complaining about high fuel prices following the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA’s) move to review pump prices.
CS Kuria had told the lamenting Kenyans to dig their own wells and drill for oil.
The statement was preceded by other remarks where he said “I repeat. Petrol will be Ksh 260 by February. El Nino is coming in three weeks which will last till March. These are the global and climate change driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want.”
Following public backlash over the remarks made by CS Kuria and Ruto’s economic advisor, David Ndii; Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, in a statement reiterated that their opinions did not reflect the official government position or that of President William Ruto.
He further advised senior leaders to address Kenyans with humility since they are their employers albeit indirectly.
The trade CS did not take the remarks well and fired back at his superior claiming that Kenyans ought to be told the truth.
Kakamega senator, Dr. Boni Khalwale on September 17, during a political event, asked Ruto to sack Kuria and Ndii alongside Energy CS Davis Chirchir, accusing them of failing in their mandate of lowering the cost of fuel.