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Regulator on the spot for cosy treatment of illegal LPG firms

An illegal gas filling station. Many dealers have taken to residential estates to carry out their operations, endangering human lives. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NMG
An illegal gas filling station. Many dealers have taken to residential estates to carry out their operations, endangering human lives. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NMG 

The Energy Regulatory Commission is on the spot following re-emergence of illegal Liquefied Petroleum Gas dealers operating largely in residential areas.

Over the past two months, thousands of gas cylinders impounded by police in Nairobi have been handed back to the dealers through direct or direct intervention of the commission, a move that has sparked outcry from law enforcers.

The emboldened dealers have taken to residential estates to carry out their trade, endangering human lives, with the regulator saying they are “in discussions” with the rogue operators.

ERC acting Director General Pavel Oimeke said they have adopted a “negotiated compliance approach” to understand the root of the illegal business. This has given the dealers more muscle to run the trade without fear.

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