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Government urged to address fuel crisis


Transport operators in Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet have called on the government to address the fuel crisis saying if not addressed they may be thrown out of business.


The operators lamented that following the shortage of fuel which has affected various parts of the country, petrol stations in Iten have not received any fuel forcing them to ground their vehicles. 


Samwel Kiptoo, a driver plying the Iten Eldoret route said he was forced to spend a night in Eldoret queuing for fuel which he carried with a jerrican back to Iten. 


Kiptoo said they were buying the fuel at Sh 200 per litre of petrol which left them with no option but to increase fare from Iten to Eldoret from Sh 100 to Sh 150.


He said if the situation continues, then they will be forced to ground the vehicles leaving them with no means to earn a living. 


“Also with the current fares, very few people can afford thus few will be travelling which will affect our business,” he said. 


Vehicles both public and private thronged two petrol stations which were expecting supplies the whole day awaiting for the precious commodity. 

Residents wait for the supply of fuel at a petrol station in Iten


John Kiprotich, a boda boda rider said they are being forced to sleep at petrol stations to get fuel immediately it is supplied to enable them operate during the day.


The father of four said with children at home, he must look for ways to get money to feed his family therefore, he desperately needed the fuel to operate and enable him provide for his family. 



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