Impounded ethanol, the governement use it to manufacture sanitizers
Impounded ethanol, the government use it to manufacture sanitizers

The government to provide free sanitizers for the coronavirus. The move came after a few Kenyans bought all sanitizers in the supermarkets. The Government, however, will use the confiscated and illegal ethanol to manufacture free sanitizers.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said already 396,000 litres of ethanol, which had been seized at various ports and customs offices, was released to specific oil companies to manufacture sanitisers for free distribution to the public.

“Corporations in the oil industry like  Vivo, Total and Ola have agreed to volunteer to produce the sanitizer to meet the rising demand,” he said.

The move comes amid uproar and uncertainty from the public, who cannot afford the sanitisers whose cost has skyrocketed beyond their reach. The commodity is in short supply because of high demand and hoarding by some traders.

Mr Kinyua said the sanitizer will be distributed for free to Kenyans as part of the government measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

He directed that the ethanol be released to the Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) which will, in turn, liaise with the oil industry players for expedited manufacture and distribution.

“Kenya Pipeline Company will utilise an accountability framework for the manufacture and distribution of the sanitisers,” said Kinyua.

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