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Gov’t Says Fuel Shortage to Be Solved by Wednesday

The government has announced that long queues witnessed at petrol stations across the country will be resolved by Wednesday, April 6. 

Speaking with NTV, State Department for Petroleum PS Andrew Kamau noted that the queues were caused by motorists who were buying petrol in bulk making the stations run out of fuel. 

“This is a classic run, I mean, it is the same if you go to the bank, if we all go to the bank to get our money out, they do not have money just sitting there, it is the same with petrol stations, they need to get it from the tank to the petrol stations,” Kamau explained. 

He also pointed out a trend seen recently to substantiate his statement.  

“I saw a photo of people in the paper today with jerrycans, I mean when is the last time you saw people buying fuel in jerrycans? I mean it is unusual,” Kamau added. 

Long queues outside a petrol station due to ongoing fuel crisis PHOTO/COURTESY

Other than buying petrol in bulk, PS Kamau also cited poor infrastructure as a contributing factor to the ongoing fuel crisis. 

“The infrastructure they have there is for a certain volume and they have to keep replenishing because their tanks are not connected to the depo by pipes and fuel has to be brought in by trucks,” he said. 

The delay in subsidy settlement is also a contributing factor, with the PS Kamau noting that it hampered cash flow for some petroleum marketers. 

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As such, petroleum marketers will either have to use their own cash or take loans to be able to restock fuel. 

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