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Government issues new directives to LPG gas traders

Government issues six directives to all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dealers after the Embakasi explosion.

Following the Thursday night gas explosion at an illegal cooking gas filling station in Mradi, Embakasi Nairobi County, the government issued six orders to all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sellers nationwide.

In a joint press release by the Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir and Interior and National Administration Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki, the government has ordered a nationwide crackdown to ensure compliance.

“To sustain compliance efforts, the government will prioritize demolition of all illegal sites through the Multi-Agency Rapid Results Initiatives and ensure that fresh risk assessment is undertaken for all LPG plants in the country with the view of closing all non-compliant sites,” part of the statement read.

According to the cabinet secretaries, government  will rollout of government LPG growth which includes the development and implementation of a track and trace framework for LPG cylinders to improve traceability and accountability.

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“Apply punitive administrative measures to all LPG operators found filling cylinders without the written authority of brand owners,” the CSs directed.

To improve accountability by players in the sector, the ministries will strengthen the LPG data verification framework.

Further, the ministries will hold nationwide LPG stakeholder workshops to strengthen the policy and regulatory framework in the LPG sector and hold public awareness and sensitization programs to promote LPG safety among the public.

Notably, the gas blast was caused after a truck carrying gas blew up at about half past eleven at night before igniting a huge ball of fire that spread widely.

At least three people have so far been confirmed dead and over 300 injured with a possibility of the number going up.

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