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Petrol shortage witnessed in major cities across the country

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On Thursday morning, many petrol stations experienced long queues of motorists who were in search of the rare commodity.

Fuel in most parts of the country had run out following a boycott by the Kenya Independent Petroleum Distributors following the introduction of 16 percent Vat on all petroleum products.

The shortage has hit major towns in the country including Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru. Motorists were forced to move around different petrol station as those that had the now precious commodity were marked with very long queues.

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Some drivers were even forced to have a certain amount of petrol to purchase. The crisis began after the Energy Regulatory Commission canceled licenses of fuel distributors siting economic sabotage.

Some of the well-established petrol station like Shell and Oil com also experienced shortages which are expected to continue until when the 16 percent VAT is dealt with.

In the meantime fares have hiked around the country as motorists try to meet the current pump prices.

The Kenya Motorist Association had called for a boycott following the decision by Treasury CS Henry Rotich to implement the tax.

In solidarity with motorists, the Kenya Independent Distributors announced a boycott until the issue is solved.

Truck drivers from Mombasa have refused to transport the product until the government intervenes.

At the moment there are over 300 trucks that transport fuel across the country.

Slavian Mwangecho
Passionate blogger on a day to day activities happening in Kenya, Africa and around the world. A keen follower of the latest news making headlines around the world


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