Fri. Apr 19th, 2019

‘Loss making’ fuel transporters strike over 6pm-to-6am curfew

A fuel shortage is looming in the country following the strike by petroleum truck owners in protest against the 6:30pm to 6:30am curfew.
The strike, which started on Monday, is likely to paralyse distribution of fuel countrywide.
The truck owners want the Energy Regulatory Commission to lift the curfew, citing difficulties it poses to their work.
“We are making losses as there are many stops on the road hindering us from reaching our destinations on time,” Joseph Karanja said.
The chairman of Kenya Independent Petroleum Dealers Association said that slow paper work at the depots make it impossible for the drivers to keep time in the wake of harassment by police officers.

“The loss we have incurred today cannot be measured with the money we give police officers,” Karanja said.
Karanja also added that they had not been consulted before the curfew was enforced.
“We were not consulted as stakeholders before the curfew was issued, now we are making losses,” he said.
The curfew was enforced after the horrific Dec 11, 2016 Naivasha accident where 39 people died after a canter with highly flammable substances lost control and rammed into a number of cars at Kinungi, Naivasha.