Monday, 05 January 2009
Some have called it a crisis but we will call it fuel drama. Every Friday along Kamokya is a market day and this greatly interferes with a flow of traffic but that was not the case this Friday as the traffic was flowing normally.
This simply suggests that the number of vehicles that use petrol had reduced off the streets due to the fuel drama and the roads had been left for diesel vehicles. One petrol attendant from a little known gas station asked a motorist how much fuel he wanted in terms of shillings, the motorist replied 15,000/- the attendant said: “if you can come up with 30,000/- I will give you fuel.”
A visit at one of the shell petrol stations next to Grand Imperial Hotel after a tip off that there was fuel, the attendant signals an x sign with his arms implying that there is no fuel. Shell is the only petrol station that will not increase its price irrespective of biting situations but this also means long lines of vehicles cuing for cheap fuel and in the process blocking the flow of traffic.
This particular shell has fuel but they choose to sell like 2 hours in a day for petrol vehicles and sell to diesel vehicles throughout the day. What is strange though is that all these pump attendants tell you that petrol has been there but sold out minutes before.
The situation is even worse upcountry because the issue of fuel is rotating around price and a litre can go for 10,000/-.
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