Kenyans are expected to wait longer for relief on high fuel costs as the National Assembly extends its probe into the matter.
On Tuesday, the Finance and National Planning Committee which is leading the probe was granted an additional seven days to dig into fuel costings criteria.
This means that the committee will now submit its report recommending changes to the costing of fuel next week, latest Wednesday, dragging the process to relieve Kenyans off high fuel costs further.
According to the Chairperson of the Finance and National Planning Committee and Homa Bay MP Gladys Wanga, the extension has been prompted by the receipt of new information on demurrage charges.
“The committee has received new information regarding demurrage charges which have a bearing to the retail cost of fuel. In this regard, we want to inquire on this matter further,” she told fellow MPs.
The Committtee has been probing the costing of fuel in the last two weeks and has held face to face meetings with 10 stakeholders including the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Treasury and the Ministry of Petroleum as well as receiving written submissions.
House Speaker Justin Muturi confirmed the Committee had already prepared a draft report with recommendations to fuel costings pursuant to its push for an extension of term.