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Fuel shortage in Kenema

Fuel shortage in Kenema

Less than a month after people cast their votes at the November 17 polls there are fuel shortages in many of the Total petrol stations all over the city of Kenema and its environs.  The question is, is it a normal fuel shortage, or a shortage for another reason?  Total petrol stations are one of the leading stations in Sierra Leone; and in Kenema its was one of leading filling stations that hardly ever had a fuel shortage before the election.  However, since the pronouncement of the presidential result the Total petrol station hardly sells fuel in Kenema.  (Photo: Queuing for Fuel in Kenema)

Hundreds of bikes and vehicles line up to buy fuel for hours and lines of containers wait to be filled by customers in preparation to go about their normal business as NEC has commenced the payment  as people buy fuel  for domestic use and not just for transportation.

Queue of customers waiting to buy fuel at Total filling station, Hangha Road, Kenema

The concern now raised by residents in Kenema city and its environs is that as the Total filling station is owned  by a strong SLPP supporter and SLPP lost the presidential election, that is why the filling station is always without fuel.

Residents in Kenema said it is a usual habit of some of the fuel stations, especially in post elections, to create problems for citizens in Kenema.  Residents explained to this medium that the manager of Total fueling station,  Mr. Fokia Demby of Hangha Road always rations fuel whenever there are elections and post elections in the country so as to sabotage the system, reiterating that this has been his usual habit since the past elections in 2007.

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