Fuel shortage bites as Gov’t warns dealers against protest over 16pc VAT

Fuel shortage is being experienced in several parts of the country even as the Government warns dealers against trying to sabotage operations.

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Speaking to Citizen TV on Wednesday, Petroleum PS Andrew Kamau said barricading roads to the Konza Depot in protest over the recent 16percent fuel tax is economic sabotage and a crime.

“We are aware there has been reported shortage of fuel in some parts of the country. Independent transporters and dealers are claiming their decisions are to oppose the new VAT regime,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Motorist Association of Kenya urged vehicle owners to go to petrol stations that still have fuel and fill up their tanks.

“The shortage has started since the transporters have refused to deliver the fuel to petrol stations,” the union said.

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Kenyans took to social media to lament the fuel shortage that reportedly began on Tuesday evening.

“No unleaded fuel at both the Shell Station’s in Lavington…is this shortage everywhere or just here?” Lucia Musau said on Twitter.

CCTV‘s Robert Nagila added: “Kobil Hurlingham, Total Dennis Pritt out of petrol as is Astrol Lenana Road, Shell Hurlingam, only V-power available at Ksh.142 per litre.”

This even as the PS urged the dealers to be patient and wait for the President to make a decision on the 16percent fuel tax once he returns to the country from China.

“If the President signs the Bill, the Energy Regulatory Commission will readjust the fuel prices. If he declines to sign, the fuel prices as they are will continue.

“Maybe in one year or two years, if the country will have made enough money then the fuel prices can reduce,” the PS added.

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