By Judith Gicobi
Due to an extreme fuel shortage in fuel stations located in various towns in Kajiado, some rogue dealers are now selling a litre of petrol for Ksh250 instead of the EPRA standard price of Ksh179 per litre forcing motorists and bodaboda riders to dig deeper into their pockets.
While traders in the satellite towns of Kitengela, Kiserian, Ong’ata Rongai, Ngong, Isinya, and Kajiado are selling the vital good at the suggested price, Ilbisil, Ng’atatek, and Maili Tisa have raised the prices on account of a shortage.
Only one gas station in Ilbisil town had fuel available for sale at Ksh250 per litre on Friday and Saturday, leaving drivers and bodaboda riders stranded.
The amount of fuel that drivers could buy, mostly in private automobiles, was capped at 10 liters.
Motorists and bodaboda riders complained bitterly about the increased prices, calling them an act of exploitation that will probably drive them out of business.
The majority of public service vehicles (PSVs) are still parked because their owners say that customers cannot afford to pay doubled fares.
“We are out of business until fuel prices on our towns are at par with other regions. Passengers are canceling their journeys upon realizing that we have to charge double initial charges,” Mungai Geoffrey, a matatu owner, said.
Residents and drivers are now asking EPRA and other key stakeholders to act by placing unscrupulous vendors who are manipulating them on a blacklist.
” The only excuse the petrol station attendants are giving us on what occasioned the prices increment is that there is a shortage. We are wondering if fuel is sold based on excuses while we clearly know prices are regulated. To us, this is unnecessary exploitation that needs to be addressed urgently, ” Alex Seuri, a rider, decried.
A quick check of the popular towns along the Nairobi Namanga route revealed that the streets have been turned into motorcycle and PSV parking lots