In Summary
  • Attendants at stations that lacked fuel, he said, told him that petrol quickly ran out  on Wednesday as the shortage started to bite.

  • Matatu drivers have also indicated that they have been experiencing difficulties in getting the said commodity in several stations.

  • The new 16 percent VAT has also triggered fare increases, especially for long-distance travel, while millers have announced plans to raise prices of wheat and maize flour

A biting fuel shortage has hit parts of the capital Nairobi as the strike called by petroleum transporters protesting against new government tax enters its fourth day.

A random check by the Nation at Total, Shell and Kenol Kobil stations within the central business district on Thursday morning revealed that many did not have petrol.

NO STOCKS

On Wednesday, many stations across the country reported dry pumps, with those with the precious commodity, mainly diesel, experiencing long queues of motorists seeking to fill up.

On Thursday, many lacked both diesel and petrol.

A customer service attendant at Total petrol station on Kimathi Street in the city centre, Mr Duke Masogo, told that Nation that they had run out of stock.

He said the crisis was likely to deepen because they do not intend to restock any time soon.

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A motorist stocks up some extra fuel at a shell station in Thika town. Most of the stations in the town have run out of fuel. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“I am not sure how long this situation will take, but we have not had petrol since last week,” said Mr Masogo.

The new stock, he said, would be taken in once the confusion around fuel prices is cleared by the government and other stakeholders.

Motorists who spoke to the Nation said their search for fuel in the capital had been long and fruitless.

Mr James Ithagu, a transport supervisor at a leading media house, said most stations in the city centre lacked petrol.

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“I purposed to come to work early today to find petrol for the vehicles and ensure they are at fuel tank because most places did not have fuel as at last night. I fuelled at Total Prestige along Ngong road,” said Mr Ithagu.

Attendants at stations that lacked fuel, he said, told him that petrol quickly ran out  on Wednesday as the shortage started to bite.

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A Shell petrol station attendant in Buruburu controls vehicles on September 6, 2018. Motorists had to queue to get fuel because there were limited stocks. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Matatu drivers have also indicated that they have been experiencing difficulties in getting the said commodity in several stations.

However, outside the city centre and in areas such as City Cabanas along Mombasa Road, Ongata Rongai, Waiyaki Way and Ngong Road, petrol was available at Sh127 a litre.

The new 16 percent VAT has also triggered fare increases, especially for long-distance travel, while millers have announced plans to raise prices of wheat and maize flour.

In the Mt Kenya region, stations are running out of fuel following the ongoing strike by the distributors.

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A spot-check in Kisumu revealed that most stations had adequate stocks. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Thika, Kiambu County, some motorists were panic-buying petrol and diesel out of fear of pumps running dry.

In Tharaka-Nithi, a transport crisis is shaping up following shortage of fuel.

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