Kenya to import oil directly from UAE to end fuel shortage
Kenya will start importing oil directly from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to do away with the fuel shortage crisis.
This will mean bypassing Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) that have been hoarding the commodity for close to two months now at the expense of Kenyans.
Oil will be imported by the state on behalf of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK).
Kenyan government officials have flown to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate for NOCK.
NOCK will import a substantial amount of fuel into the country and supply it to non-franchised fuel dealers and independent petrol stations.
OMCs are said to be only supplying fuel stations that they own on the grounds that they will incur losses should they sell to other retailers as a result of the government fuel subsidy.
Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma announced a swift government victory over rogue OMCs it had accused of deliberately causing the fuel shortage.
The firms were accused of withholding old fuel stocks to sell them at higher prices after the monthly review, as well as diverting their product for export beyond the recommended ratios, leaving the local market starved of fuel.
Oil firms are supposed to sell at least 60 percent of their fuel products locally.