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Address fuel shortage with urgency, unionist urges state

Wangara says most companies that depend on fuel for their operations might soon be shut.

In Summary

• Wangara said some sugar factories have given notice that they will be forced to close down due to lack of fuel.

• Wangara requested the government, politicians and other stakeholders to suspend politics and address the fuel issue first.

Francis Wangara
Francis Wangara
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A unionist wants the issue of fuel shortage addressed urgently before it gets out of hand.

Kenya Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers Union secretary general Francis Wangara said many towns, including Kisumu, do not have fuel.

This is despite the government and independent oil dealers reaching an agreement last Thursday that was meant to avail products to the groups that serve the vast remote area.

Wangara said the matter is getting out of hand and most companies that depend on fuel for their operations might soon be shut.

“Like the sugar industry, they must have fuel for the tractors," he said.

The unionist said some sugar factories have given notice that they will be forced to close down due to lack of fuel.

Wangara requested the government, politicians and other stakeholders to suspend politics and address the fuel issue first.

“When you visit the petrol stations, the queues are too long. Motorists even spend the night at the station just to get fuel because they can no longer move around,” he said

A number of bus companies and cargo transporters have grounded their fleet for lack of fuel, with hundreds of city residents who had travelled to the village remaining stuck.

"It's now a full-time job searching for fuel in Kisumu," a resident said.

Edited by A.N

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