Kenya’s government has revoked licenses of companies involved in the sale of adulterated petroleum products along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway, the Daily Nation reported.
This decision came after state police discovered five stations involved in the act, and seized 78,000 liters of petrol, 29,000 liters of diesel, and 10,000 liters of kerosene, according to Ecofin Agency Oil and Gas.
Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter, noted that one of the main causes of the illegal business is the cheap cost and tax of kerosene in Kenya compared to other East African countries. He added:“Kenya sells fuel to countries like Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.” However, The country has lost its regional oil market due to adulteration of fuel on transit, leading some countries to get their petroleum supplies from Tanzania.
Keter concluded that the government is conducting ongoing crackdowns to target several regions including Nakuru, Eldoret and Kisumu, which are the main depots. Kenyan officials have currently arrested twelve people who we charged with the offense of illegally operating adulterated fuel business.