FUEL SHORTAGE

Kenyans take to social media to express frustration over fuel crisis

Citizens have continued to question why fuel supply had not returned to normalcy

In Summary

• Passengers and vehicle owners complained of being late for their daily routines.

• Major players in the oil sector are said to be still hoarding new stocks, anticipating a price increase in this week’s monthly price review.

Motorists queue to get fuel at Mwembe Tayari Shell Petrol station in Mombasa on April 4.
Motorists queue to get fuel at Mwembe Tayari Shell Petrol station in Mombasa on April 4.
Image: JOHN CHESOLI

The ongoing fuel crisis that hit Kenya three weeks ago has been met with mixed reactions from the citizens and leaders.

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.

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

This has forced motorists to travel as far as Eldoret in search of the commodity.

Passengers and vehicle owners complained of being late in their daily routines after queueing for hours at the stations.

Narok County Senator Ledama Ole Kina, reiterated that the crisis is global and it should not be taken to create political division.

"The fuel crisis is a global crisis, not a Kenya one," he tweeted.

Major players in the oil sector are said to be hoarding new stocks, anticipating a price increase in this week’s monthly price review.

There also have been claims that the oil marketers are hoarding fuels awaiting the upcoming Easter holiday, despite officials warning of dire consequences to the hoarders.

The ongoing fuel shortage was anticipated to end last week when President Uhuru Kenyatta cleared Sh34 billion payments to oil marketers for their subsidy arrears.

State Department of Petroleum PS Andrew  Kamau last week said investigations into the shortage were being finalized, setting the stage for financial penalties and licence withdrawals.

Independent dealers said they are yet to access the petroleum products as major players ration the little stock they have for their own franchisees.

Reading the budget, Treasury CS Ukur Yatani promised that the government will continue to cushion consumers till the end of June.

He spared a 10 per cent excise duty hike on petroleum products in his 2022/23 budget plan. 

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