[PHOTOS] Fuel shortage continues to bite motorists

Closed down fueling stations and increased demand has pushed oil prices up.

In Summary

• More than half of Kakamega town service stations lacked the rare commodity, forcing motorists to travel as far as Eldoret. 

• The Star affirmed that in the larger Nyanza area only a single station has fuel between Siaya town and Kisumu City.

Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

The fuel shortage experienced across the country has really taken a toll on Kenyans.

Motorists have had to queue for hours to get fuel, with some petrol stations putting a limit to how much oil one can buy.

Even though the fuel supply has slightly returned to normalcy in Nairobi and Mombasa, motorists in other counties are still feeling the pinch for close to two weeks now.

An aerial view of motorists and boda boda operators queuing for fuel at Total petrol station along Kisumu-Nairobi on April 12, 2022.
An aerial view of motorists and boda boda operators queuing for fuel at Total petrol station along Kisumu-Nairobi on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

Closed down fueling stations and increased demand has pushed oil prices above Sh300 in Siaya, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kilifi and other highly populated counties.

In Kanduyi, Bungoma county, lines of cars stretched for blocks down main roadways on Monday as only one of the area’s five filling stations had fuel.

Tuk tuk and boda boda operators stranded as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Tuk tuk and boda boda operators stranded as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

More than half of Kakamega town service stations lacked the rare commodity, forcing motorists to travel as far as Eldoret. 

The Star affirmed that in the larger Nyanza area only a single station has fuel between Siaya town and Kisumu City.

On Monday, almost all petrol stations along the Kisumu-Nairobi highway were closed.

Motorists queue for fuel at Total petrol station Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Motorists queue for fuel at Total petrol station Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO

Most private motorists have been forced to leave their vehicles and opt for public service transport.

Citizens have continued to question why fuel supply had not returned to normalcy even after the government announced that it had paid subsidy arrears to oil marketers.

A man tightens his jerrycan after his attempt to acquire fuel was thwarted by the stagnant line.
A man tightens his jerrycan after his attempt to acquire fuel was thwarted by the stagnant line.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
A boda boda operator in his right mood after getting fuel from Hass petrol in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
A boda boda operator in his right mood after getting fuel from Hass petrol in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
A boda boda operator in his right mood after getting fuel from Hass petrol in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
A boda boda operator in his right mood after getting fuel from Hass petrol in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
Motorists queue for fuel at Total petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Motorists queue for fuel at Total petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
Motorbikes parked at the entrance of Total petrol station in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
Motorbikes parked at the entrance of Total petrol station in Kisumu on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Motorists queue for fuel at Hass petrol station as fuel shortage continues to bite various parts of the country on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
A business man sells jerrycans to motorists who are queuing for fuel along Kisumu-Nairobi road on April 12, 2022.
A business man sells jerrycans to motorists who are queuing for fuel along Kisumu-Nairobi road on April 12, 2022.
Image: DANIEL OGENDO
A boda boda passenger carries two jerrycans full of petrol along Mombasa road where motorist gathered to buy fuel.
A boda boda passenger carries two jerrycans full of petrol along Mombasa road where motorist gathered to buy fuel.
Image: FREDRICK OMONDI