Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has been fined Sh500,000 by a National Assembly committee for snubbing its summons.
Munyes had been summoned to appear before the Committee on Finance to explain the recent hike in fuel prices.
He, however, wrote a letter to the committee chaired by Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga indicating that he was in South Sudan for official duties.
While fining the minister, Wanga said the committee’s report will also show that Munyes has been uncooperative.
Fuel prices hit a historic high in the September review.
The removal of fuel subsidy on September 14 was attributed to the increase.
Following the changes, a litre of super petrol, diesel and kerosene is now retailing at Sh134.72, Sh115.60 and Sh110.82 respectively in Nairobi.
The hike sparked outrage from various quarters forcing the Finance and National Planning Committee to open a probe into the matter.
So far, the committee 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.