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Kenya Orders Deportation Of Rubis CEO

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Rubis Energy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jean-Christian Bergeron is set to be deported after the Kenyan government cancelled his work permit.

Bergeron was ordered to leave the country following a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Energy CS Monica Juma on the fuel shortage crisis in the country.

The CEO is accused of economic sabotage after he was mentioned to have been involved in alleged fuel hoarding that intensified the shortage crisis across the country. This is a serious allegation that carries with it a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of Ksh1 million.

Cars queue for fuel at a petrol station along Thika Road on April 11, 2022. /MARVIN CHEGE.VIRALTEAKE

Sources explained that the government took action against Rubis having blamed it for fuelling the shortage as it has a huge share of the local market.

The firm is also accused of blackmailing the government by demanding higher compensation yet a large consignment of its fuel had reportedly been imported before global prices increased. 

According to the latest data by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), Rubis is the third-largest oil firm in Kenya, controlling about 8.6 per cent of the local market.

The action comes after EPRA punished oil marketers who have been responsible for the fuel shortage crisis.

EPRA CEO Daniel Kiptoo in a statement complained that some of the oil marketers have been exporting more fuel than the stipulated amount, a move that has left local markets to suffer from intermittent supplies.

Kiptoo added that their actions, upon the authority going through data as far as four weeks, were deemed in violation of the law.

“The EPRA has analyzed the daily petroleum loadings over the past 4 weeks and noted that a number of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have in the period under review given priority to export loadings while the local market was left to suffer intermittent supply,” read the letter in part.

The authority as a consequence announced sanctions on the affected oil marketers, which included the cutting down of storage capacities for the major oil companies that sold most of their fuel to neighbouring countries, for the next three months.

It would mean that their profits would be negatively affected, and reduced by a certain percentage.

As for the local marketers, their compliance earned them increased storage capacities to allow them to sell more fuel and rake in more money.

A car being fuelled at a petrol station. /FILE

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