Kenyans should ready themselves for rougher times, including increased fares, if the gasoline crisis caused by a quarrel between oil marketers and the government continues.
Matatu operators have warned that if the issue continues for a few more days, they would be forced to pass on the exorbitant costs to customers.
Despite the clear disarray seen around the country, the administration attempted to reassure Kenyans that it has enough fuel for everyone.
Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Dr. Macharia Irungu stated in a statement that the company has more than 94 million litres of diesel, 13 million litres of kerosene, and 23 million litres of jet fuel.
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He did not, however, elaborate on the resulting scarcity, which has generated outrage among Kenyans.
“The Kenya Pipeline Company wishes to affirm that there are sufficient inventories of petroleum products in our system throughout the nation to fulfill demand,” Irungu stated.
However, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) admitted to government delays in remitting compensation to oil marketers as a result of the price stability plan and advised against stockpiling the critical commodity.
“Oil Marketing Companies, depot and retail station owners are now advised that it is a violation punishable by law to stockpile petroleum or sell over the advertised price,” EPRA said in a statement.
Long lineups at fuel stations have been seen in several regions of the nation, including Nairobi, Central, Rift Valley, Nyanza, and the Western region, as Kenyans rush for the limited commodity, whose prices have also risen.
There was no activity at other oil stations since the pumps were dry.
Matatu operators are also warning: “If the issue is not solved, we will be compelled to raise rates to cushion the industry.”