Drama brewed in Naivasha as Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge shot in the air on Tuesday to stop workers from closing down a Shell petrol station he operates on Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The Story goes that; Vivo Energy hired the workers to confiscate equipment after the Senator allegedly failed to follow some rulesTrouble started in the afternoon after workers moved in and demolished part of the station entrance before carting away fuel pumps.
Senator Paul Njoroge arrived shortly after to stop the exercise after obtaining an order from Naivasha law courts.The order issued by Principal magistrate Esther Kimilu restrained the fuel company from interfering, taking over or terminating the contract until the case is heard and determined.
Njoroge engaged the workers in a heated argument but some continued with the demolition, thusly forcing the Senator to fire in the air. The irate and emotional Njoroge blamed business rivalry for the incident, adding that he complied with all regulations.
“I paid Sh2.5 million to Vivo and I have insurance of Sh6 million. The fuel company decided to ignore a court order,” he said. The senator denied that the petrol station had run out of fuel and said the take-over was meant to cancel his deal with Vivo so a rival trader could get the premises.
KEPSA chairman Polycarp Igathe was also among those caught up in the confrontation on Tuesday. His presence at the scene was to effect its closure. The KEPSA chairman denied receiving the court order and said they were closing the petrol station due to poor management. Igathe said the station had not had fuel for several days, this adversely affected customers.
“I had come to enforce the closure notice only for the Senator to open fire. I have recorded a statement with police on a threat to my life,” he said.
An inquest on the incident has been opened and necessary steps shall be taken once the investigations are through.