Does anything really change in Kenya? Will anything change before we can remove all the entire political class from messing up with our lives and pretending to be concerned about our welfare?
A little research my this blogger has revealed that as widely believed by most Kenyans, the recent petrol shortage was man-made and created because some people were out to make a quick buck.
This saga is so amazing and stranger than fiction so much so that the first time I heard it I refused to believe it. And yet even as I cross-checked the info, things started happening to confirm some of the things that I had been told. Wow!!! What a crazy banana republic Kenya is!!!!
There is this oil company with very close ties to the highest authority in the land and some cash-hungry guys used the said firm to import fuel expecting to sell it at Kshs 90 per litre in the local market. Just a few weeks ago that sounded like a fair price because petrol was selling at Kshs 100 and climbing. And in the world market a barrel of oil was at close to $100 a barrel. Who would have guessed that in a few short weeks it would fall to $40 a barrel or thereabouts?
So these guys found themselves in a tricky position as their consignment entered the local market when prices were down to almost Kshs 70 per litre. My sources say that they approached major oil companies in the local market and tried to persuade them to raise prices for the Christmas rush to at least Kshs 90 per litre. However they received unexpected resistance from a major multinational company that controls most of the retail trade locally who stubbornly refused to raise their prices.
Next these politically-connected cowboys decided to use their “muscle” and interfered with the pumping of oil products through the Kenya Pipeline from Mombasa. Thye probably expected the said multi-national to bulk and agree to their terms. Other sources suggest that this was a deliberate move to create artificial shortages in the local Market and force the prices up. Interestingly this is exactly what has happened because I checked with my sources a few minutes before sitting down to write this post and the price of Petrol is steadily creeping towards Kshs 90 per litre (prices of 87/50cts have been spotted). A real tragedy when you consider that before Christmas a source spotted Petrol at 68/50cts in some filling stations.
Whatever the intention of these enemies of Kenya, one thing cannot be disputed. And that is the fact that they caused the fuel shortage deliberately and the current rapid rise in prices has resulted from their actions.
So I ask again. Is there a government in Kenya? And in the unlikely case that the answer to that question is yes, where is that government? Why has it stood and become a spectator as individuals have messed around with an entire vital industry that touches on the lives of each and every Kenyan? Is this what a hands-off approach to managing the country was meant to be all about?
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P.S. Kenya Pipeline folks said that they are clean and have been pumping fuel according to the orders they receive. So we should ask the oil companies a simple question; why were their orders not forthcoming at a time when they know demand for fuel peaks in the country to very high volumes? Simple question and Kenyans want a simple answer.
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