Kenya faces Fuel shortage as motorists spends hours in fuels stations across the country

Kenya faces Fuel shortage as motorists spends hours in fuels stations across the country

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,28TH MARCH,2022-Motorists could be stranded due to a looming fuel shortage in the country. ACCORDING TO  Citizen TV , a big number of fuel stations around the country are turning motorists away as they have are out of the critical product.sources close to the major oil marketing companies in the country TOLD the media house that the the shortage has been occasioned by the fact that the government has not paid oil marketing companies fuel subsidy for the last four months forcing the oil marketers to import less fuel products.

In its February fuel price review, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority saved motorists from paying about Ksh.20 more on a litre of petrol due to the state subsidy that has kept pump prices unchanged for the fourth month in a row.

Without the subsidy, consumers would have paid Ksh.133.89 for a litre of diesel, Ksh.144.25 for a litre of petrol and Ksh.119.42 for kerosene.

Further, due to the shortage, the main oil marketing companies responsible for importing fuel into the country are said to have snubbed non-franchised fuel stations on account of less product in the market.

The non-franchised fuel stations are responsible for supplying most parts of the country with fuel especially rural areas where the big oil marketing companies don’t have networks.

Data from the Energy and Petroleum regulatory authority show that Kenya uses 165.45 million litres of super petrol every month, 220.57 million litres for diesel and 11.26 million litres for kerosene.

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