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Top Kenyan officials arrested over 'spilled' petrol

AFP  |  Nairobi 

The of the and four others have been arrested after millions of litres of petrol went missing in dubious circumstances, police said Friday.

In October, 10 leading demanded an independent audit of KPC's stock, suspecting up to 20 million litres had gone missing, with much of it falsely declared as "spillage", and believed to have been stolen.

"We have five KPC officers including (managing Joe) Sang in custody and we are processing them for their appearance in court," said a involved in the arrest, who asked not to be named.

He said the official charges would be announced later.

The petroleum ministry confirmed the "arrest of the top management" in a statement, naming an interim managing on Friday.

The government-owned KPC is tasked with overseeing the transport of imported fuel from coastal Mombasa to the rest of the country.

In an audit report before the energy committee, company officials said 7.2 million litres of fuel had been lost to spillage, while another 4.4 million litres had been stolen.

However believe the true figures could be much higher. Claims of false spillage reports have dogged KPC, with the latest accusations covering the past two years.

In a statement on Tuesday, the KPC board said had been given until December 31 to carry out their own

The missing is one of several that have erupted recently at KPC. Corruption accusations are also swirling around the construction of a new Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline, which has been hit by delays and allegations of inflated costs.

The arrests are the latest in a rare string of high-profile detentions of officials implicated in corruption in the graft-wracked nation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:05 IST
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