Petrol dealers reject KPC’s December audit deadline

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Oil marketers have opposed the December deadline the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) issued to conduct an independent forensic audit following the loss of Sh1.2 billion worth of fuel through pilferage and spillage.

The oil marketers told Parliament that the December 31 deadline KPC board chairman John Ngumi issued on Tuesday is not feasible.

At a special board meeting Tuesday, the KPC resolved that oil marketing companies (OMCs) through the joint company, Supplycor Kenya Limited conduct a forensic audit of stock positions which should be completed by December 31.

The board also invited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to conduct investigations into the pilferage and spillage of 11.6 million litres of fuel.

Reacting to the KPC resolutions, Joe Muganda, Vivo Energy managing director and the chairman of the supply committee of Suplycor Kenya Limited told MPs that the industry players and the KPC have not agreed on an independent auditor to carry out the forensic audit on the loss of 11.6 million litres of fuel.

“This is the reason I am not sure we will hit deadline of December.

“We want to be sure the audit company we will come up with will do a credible report that will be agreeable to us and the KPC and will help us make a final decision,” Mr Mugenda told the committee.

The KPC told oil marketers to foot the bill, which arose from the 2015 Thange, Makueni oil spillage and this years’ spillage at Ngong Forest.

“From where we seat, we got a letter from the KPC saying oil had been spilt in Ngong. Our view was that that is your (KPC) business as you manage your system because we are outsiders to it,” said Mr Muganda.