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KPA breaks silence over controversial 17B oil import

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has broken it silence over the controversial Ksh 17 billion oil import stuck at the port of Mombasa since October 11th.

Addressing the media, KPA Board Chairman Benjamin Tayari faulted the Bill of Lading allegedly from businesswoman Anne Njeri Njoroge saying the document was fake and carried no wait.

He continued by confirming that the cargo was loaded from  Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia and contained 93,460 metric tonnes of oil out of which  49, 091 was meant for Kenya and the remaining 44,3687 metric tonnes meant for neighboring countries of Uganda, South Sudan and the DRC.

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“Out of the manifested 93,460 metric tonnes of gasoil, 49, 091 was destined to Kenya with the shipper being Aramco Trading Fujairah as nominated by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. The remainder being 44,3687 metric tonnes was transit cargo for neighbouring counties including Uganda, South Sudan and the DRC,” he said

According to the agency, they must ensure that the consignment adheres to the Government to Government deal as stipulated by the Ministry of Energy.

Also confirming the development was CS Chirchir who noted that the consignment has been acquired by Galana, a company approved by the government in the G2G agreement. He confirmed that the issue is currently in court and that him and Ann already met at his offices

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