Fuel shortage has been a concern to the country for the past three weeks. This is followed by a countrywide shortage that has led to their prices shooting upwards.
Many Kenyans have severally called on to the government to check on the issues in vain. Every day the country has been gripped due to fuel crisis.
On Thursday, the inspector general Hillary Mutyambai stated that people need not to worry anymore, as the crisis was going to be suppressed. This is after asking the fuel tankers to ensure enough fuel is supplied throughout the country within 72 hours.
To echo the same words was the acting petroleum cabinet secretary Amb. Monica Juma. She also noted that by Saturday of 16th, fuel tankers could have moved throughout the country supplying the necessary in its quantity.
The inspector general also asked the police to be on guard. This is because the fuel tankers shall be operating on an exceptional 24-hr basis. The role of the police will be to guard the local filling stations and protecting the customers especially at night.
‘’Most evils are seen taking place in the dark, and therefore our security forces should be all eyes at this moment, to avoid occurrence of any chaos. Our people must be protected as valid citizens at all cost.’’, said Mutyambai.
In conjunction to guarding the local filling stations, the police will further be following the fuel tankers at night so as safe travel is ensured.
‘’Some people with evil minds may want to spend sleepless nights only to stand on crossroads and block fuel tankers as they serve various parts of the country with fuel. The police should therefore accompany the tankers for this three-day period, so as everyone is protected”, he added.
In line with fuel shortages, on Friday 15th, the CS for energy announced that the country has enough fuel. He further discouraged the issue of holding back fuel for malicious gains after a crisis is created. The fuel retails are also warned of exaggerating prices only to exploit common mwananchi.
The fuel prices were therefore revised downwards, especially petrol which now goes at 144.6 Kenyan shillings per litre. Even so, some fuel retails have been seen to maintain their prices at 200 Kenyan shillings or above.
They have therefore been warned of awaiting arrest and later be judged in the Kenyan court of law upon being proven guilty.