An assortment of gas cylinders believed to have been set for refilling with counterfeit gas was on Friday confiscated at a plant at Syokimau along Mombasa Road.
One suspect arrested and two Motor Vehicles seized during the multi-agency raid led by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA).
“Our inspectors together with Flying squad @DCI_Kenya and EPRA_Ke in a multi-agency operation netted an ASSORTMENT of Gas Cylinders in one of the leading refilling plants in Nairobi at Swift Gas Refilling Plant, Syokimau area Mombasa Rd,” ACA said.
The two motor vehicles; a Lorry make Mitsubishi of Registration No. KCB 597S and a Toyota Caldina Registration No. KBG 141V, were carrying approximately 600 empty cylinders of different brands and companies were seized.
LPG ILLEGAL REFILLER RAID.
Our inspectors together with Flying squad @DCI_Kenya & @EPRA_Ke in a multi-agency operation netted an ASSORTMENT of Gas Cylinders in one ofctge leading refilling plants in Nairobi at Swift Gas Refilling Plant, Syokimau area Mombasa Rd. @MAAITO_SDTKe pic.twitter.com/sa2xq9OOko
— ACA KENYA (@ACAKenya) November 30, 2019
The suspects will be arraigned in court on Monday.
The government had threatened to abolish rules that enabled an exchange pool created in 2009 that enabled consumers to trade their gas cylinders at any outlet without regard to the brand of their cylinder.
The regulations, which were aimed at easing access of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), had the unintended consequence of increasing illegal trade of the commodity.
While the new rules are bound to greatly inconvenience consumers, they will, on the other hand, enhance user safety as they squarely place the responsibility of ensuring gas cylinders are safe on the LPG marketers.
This means the marketers will be directly answerable for accidents caused by gas leaks, including compensation to victims.