Brave Up for Impending Fuel Shortage- Distributors Warn

Brave Up for Impending Fuel Shortage- Distributors Warn

Independent fuel distributors have warned Kenyans on the impending fuel shortage that may hit the country.

This is after the distributors were unable to access fuel from the major fuel depots since last week, which has consequently interrupted the supply chain.

Reports by Citizen Digital indicate that most of the rural areas might be hit hardest by the shortage with Bomet and Nakuru Counties suffering the most.

Tankers queue for refilling at a Kisumu depot.

“For the last one week, we have been unable get fuel. Both Kenya Pipeline and the regulator are unable to explain why we have this shortage,” stated Martin Mureithi, a fuel distributor.

The distributors want the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to intercede in the matter, questioning why major oil marketers are given priority.

The independent distributors stated they buy oil from major oil marketers who sell their surplus oil to them because they are not included in the fuel that is imported.

“The fuel being sold to us is at market price, this without transport being factored in, and other overheads it will be expensive.

“If you sell a cent more than what is prescribed by ERC. You will be in trouble,” added Mureithi.

Nakuru has been the hardest hit by the shortage with the distributors seeking answers from the Kenya Pipeline headquarters.

“The issue has gone out of hand, It has been like this for the last 2 weeks and now some petrol stations are being temporarily shut down,” noted one of the petrol dealers.

An oil tanker in Mombasa

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