Kenya annually losses up to 90% business volume in fuel meant for export which is dumped into the local market.
“As a country we have lost major markets including Ruanda, Burundi, DRC and Southern Sudan,” says Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) Eldoret Depot Manager Eng. Anthony Kigen Sang. Eng Sang added that KPC Eldoret specifically is affected due to the loss of the market and unable to meet treasury revenue targets.
A cartel of unscrupulous business people are involved in dumping of petroleum products meant export, causing delays in product delivery, fuel adulteration and product loss. Mr. Sang said when he meet a multi – agency team investigating un-customed fuel numbed in Jua kali area in Eldoret West Sub- county within Uasin Gishu County. The team leader Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Zachary Omwega briefed the manager in his office the scope of investigations at his office.
Eng Sang thanked the multi – agency team handling the investigation and hoped that the actions being taken will enable KPC to facilitate an interrupted business trade with the lost markets.
Already four suspects have been charged with five counts: operating a business of storage of petroleum products without a valid license from Energy Regulatory Commission(ERC) constructing petroleum facility without a permit from ERC, diversion of petroleum products meant for export into the local market, failing to observe environmental health standards in the manner of construction and operation of a facility used in storage of petroleum products, being in possession of un-customed goods and conspiracy to contravene the provisions of the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004. Three of the four suspects have been arranged in court while the forth is at large.
The multi – agency team is drawn from ERC, Kenya Revenue Authority, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Kenya Police.
Eldoret, Thursday Sept 22, 2016, By Hilary Mongera
Multi-agency team leader SADPP Zachary Omwega briefs KPC Eldoret depot Manager Eng Anthony Sang on the scope of fuel dumping investigations.
Pix: Hilary Mongera