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State to register all cooking gas dealers

The ministry of Interior has unveiled an ambitious plan to register all Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) businesses across Kenya by April 14th in a move it says will help ensure the traders are compliant with set safety regulations.

The exercise, which is set to start on April 3rd will be carried out by chiefs, assistant-chiefs and other State officers in all sub-counties and is meant to minimise “the risk of accidents and protecting the public.”

The registration of LPG businesses comes just a month after President William Ruto commissioned a multibillion-shilling cooking gas plant in Mombasa County, a project that promises to intensify competition in the sector and bring down consumer prices of the commodity in the country.

Taifa Gas, which is owned by Tanzanian tycoon Rostam Aziz, is setting up a 30,000-tonne plant at Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone, near the Port of Mombasa. The investment is set to cost $130 million (about Kes16.25 billion).

“We encourage all LPG and petroleum dealers and traders to participate in the registration exercise,” as statement released on Wednesday and co-signed by Interior PS Dr Raymond Omollo and Mr Mohamed Liban, PS State Department for Petroleum reads in part.

Upon expiry of the registration period, all unregistered LPG and petroleum businesses will be deemed non-operational, the State officials noted.

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