Kenya's government spokesman, Cyrus Oguna, has sparked an uproar for saying people should "stop crying" over high taxes after fuel price hikes came into effect on Tuesday.
Mr Oguna told a media briefing that the "the amount of taxes those people pay in Europe is nothing compared to what you are paying here. Nothing".
"So we are crying when we shouldn't be crying actually, we should be standing firm and saying this is our government and we will support it," Mr Oguna said.
Social media commentators have demanded an apology from the government spokesman, saying that his comments were insensitive at a time when many were facing economic hardship.
Kenya's energy regulator said petroleum pump prices are determined by a formula that includes the cost of importation plus other charges on the supply chain.
It said the importation of fuel "mirrors the prevailing prices of petroleum products in the international markets".
Local newspaper Daily Nation reports that Kenya has significantly higher fuel prices compared to her neighbours Uganda and Tanzania.