Some parts of the country were hit by acute fuel shortages, forcing gas stations to sell a gallon of gasoline at Ksh250 as President William Ruto’s government rushes counterclockwise to deal with the crisis.
On Saturday, September 17, residents of the town of Ilbisil along Namanga, Kajiado County, cried foul after being forced to purchase gasoline for Ksh250 out of the Ksh179.30 recommended by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
The situation spread to the town of Kajiado, where motorists and boda boda drivers were looking for the goods.
A similar situation was reported in the provinces of Maili Tisa and Nkatatuk.
Photo collage of motorists heading for fuel along Namanga Road
However, motorists clambering in line for long hours were not allowed to buy more than 10 liters.
The situation forced motorists to look for alternatives in the neighboring towns of Athi River and Machakos.
The residents blame the government for not being able to accommodate the TBEN because of the high fuel costs at a time when the country was struggling with inflation.
“Right now we only have this gas station that sells fuel, but the queue is just insane,” says one resident.
“We have customers who are waiting for our services but have to spend the night here, so we are asking President William Ruto to intervene because the situation is getting out of hand,” he added.
Motorists in Lamu, Laisamis, Meru, Mtito Andei, Elwak, Mandera, Kericho, Kisii, Nyamira, Homa Bay, Migori, Busia and Kimilili also bought fuel between Ksh180 and Ksh192.
In Meru, boda boda operators expressed their frustration at the increased fuel prices. The riders resorted to walking fares, overloading the passengers.
“We thought the government of Kenya Kwanza would cut fuel prices once they come into office, but we are shocked and devastated to the contrary. Fuel is now at an all-time high,” one operator said. citizen TV on Saturday 17 Sept.
At the same time, some long-distance matatu operators announced rate increases. On Friday, September 16, the owners of Mt Kenya’s Matatu Islands announced a 30 percent increase in the tariff.
Motorists lined up at a gas station in Kirinyaga County during the storage that hit the country.