Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has directed police officers to guard petrol stations and escort fuel transport tankers as the government embarks on a three-day process to resolve the two-weeks long fuel shortage crisis that has gripped the country.
On Thursday, Acting Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma said normal fuel supply across the country will be stabilised within the next 72 hours.
To resolve the crisis, the CS said the government will allow the movement of oil tankers on a privileged basis, further calling on fuel retailing outlets to operate on a 24-hour basis.
“We are taking measures to privilege the movement of fuel so that we can stock up across the country. We are going to allow the movement of tankers on a privileged basis starting today and hope we can do this within the next 72 hours to stabilise the supply across the country,” said Monica Juma.
Consequently, the Police Inspector General directed that fuel transport tankers be escorted by police during night time for the next three days until Saturday.
“As part of the mitigation measures, the Inspector General has directed police to provide free movement and escort of all fuel transport tankers during nighttime for the next 72 hours between 6 pm-6 am starting today (Thursday) till Saturday,” said Mutyambai in a statement.
The IG further instructed that local petrol stations be guarded by police officers.
“All police stations countrywide are further directed to provide security to local petrol stations within their areas with immediate effect,” said the IG.