Kabale Fuel stations go dry as truckers continue demanding for free COVID-19 testing

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KABALE– Lack of fuel has hampered operation among various fuel stations in Kabale district.

The affected petrol stations are Total petrol station, K mega petrol station along kabale- Mbarara highway, Baj petrol station, Kobil petrol station and Kyamps petrol station all along kabale- kisoro road in kabale district.

This follows the fuel crisis being experienced across the country due to supply disruptions at Kenya-Uganda border points of Malaba and Busia, caused by mandatory Covid-19 testing of all truck drivers along the two border points as it was revealed by the ministry of energy.

In various petrol stations visited by our reporter today, the price rate of fuel has been hiked in the few working petrol stations in Kabale district.

As of today a liter of Petrol stands between Ugx 4,900 and 5,300 depending on which fuel station you go to in Kabale Municipality.

According to the data clerk of Total Kabale, Dickson Ainembabazi for them 1 liter of petrol is currently at Ugx 4900 though he cannot explain why it has increased saying that they always get orders from the top offices. 

The Supervisor for Shell Kigezi, Esau Tumushabe says that a litre of Petrol is currently at Ugx 4990 urging the government to start free testing of the Truckers at the Busia border points in order to help on the quick movement and deliveries of Petrol by these drivers.

CUE IN…AINEMBABAZI AND TUMUSHABE……. RR/ENG

Meanwhile, the chairman of Kabale central taxi park operators, Justus Muhwezi Katabazi has cautioned taxi drivers against hiking transport fares despite the increase in fuel prices in Uganda.

Katabazi says that it is true the fuel prices have been increasing everyday for the past three weeks but gave an assurance that he has already held a meeting with all taxi operators in Kabale Town and agreed that all fares shouldn’t change. 

He added that they did this because they know many people have already spent the little money they had while taking their children back to school.

Katabazi however advised the passengers to always negotiate with Bus Drivers and conductors rather than blockers, saying that some blockers always extort a lot of money from passengers so that they can also get a share on it.

CUE IN………..KATABAZI……. RR/ENG//

Ainebyona Naboth and Ryakakyeondekye Monday all from Nyabushabi Stage and Onesmus Musinguzi from Mahonde Stage all Boda Boda riders in Kabale municipality have spoken on the escalation in fuel prices in Uganda.

They say that it is a big challenge to them and the rest of their counterparts since they have completely failed to convince their customers who are not willing to pay more than they have been before the increase in fuel prices. 

The trio wants the government to come out and help on the situation before they are forced to quit the business.

CUE IN…BODA BODA RIDERS ON FUEL PRICES RR/ENG