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Police on the hunt for operator of fuel adulteration enterprise

A truck transporting fuel oil from Mombasa to Brookside was also intercepted/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17- Police are looking for the owner, identified as Robert Kamau, of an illegal petroleum adulteration point based in Malili in Konza, within Makueni County.

This follows an early Friday morning raid of the facility by officers attached to the special crime prevention unit that saw 11 suspects arrested.

Head of the unit Noah Katumo has told Capital FM News that a truck was also intercepted during the dawn raid.

The truck was transporting fuel oil from Mombasa to Brookside, in Nairobi.

The officers also recovered 6,000 litres of diesel, 4,000 litres of fuel oil, six generators, 14 empty drums, a tuk tuk and arrested 11 suspects.

He says police are closely monitoring truck drivers transporting fuel in a bid to tame what is slowly becoming a trend.

“It is a cartel that must be dismantled…whatever they are doing is illegal and a threat to their safety and that of other Kenyans,” he said.

On November 5, police in Nairobi’s Industrial Area arrested 68 suspects linked to a fuel adulteration scam in an operation which targeted three go-downs in the area.

READ: 68 netted in dirty fuel clamp down

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Cases of fuel adulteration in Kenya have been on the increase in the past with the number of fuel station in the country said to have grown by about 23 per cent in the last five years according to statistics by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

According to the statistics, the number of oil marketers in the country has doubled from 47 to 87 over the same period of time.


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