Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), a watchdog for the country’s petroleum sector, is making moves to safeguard the industry by carrying out raids across the country.
The regulator has so far targeted operations in the country’s Tana River and Embu Counties.
The ERC, in collaboration with officers from the country’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), carried out impromptu surveillance and compliance inspections on fuel stations in Tana River County.
During the operation, which took place over the weekend, three suspects were arrested and charged for selling petroleum products above the maximum retail pump prices contrary to a law known as the Energy Act 2006.
The three, Lukeman Omar Mohammed, owner of Leila Petrol Station, Ibrahim Hussein Hassan and Abdallah Mohammed Bajoh who are managers of Heller and A.A. Bayasuf and Sons petrol stations respectively will be arraigned in court.
The Energy Regulatory Commission, the DCI and a branch of the military known as the General Service Unit (GSU) also conducted impromptu surveillance and compliance inspections on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) facilities in Embu County.
During the operation, the Commission established that one facility was operating illegally and seized 141 assorted LPG cylinders, an LPG trailer, a canter, a filling line with five filling heads and five weighing scales. Three suspects were arrested and held at Embu regional police headquarters pending arraignment in court.
“The Commission will continue to intensify countrywide surveillance on LPG operations in order to curb malpractices,” the Commission’s Corporate Communications Department said in a recent address.
The Commission has since urged members of the public to be vigilant and to immediately report any instances of malpractice or suspected petroleum overpricing activities.