Oil city Hoima unhappy as fuel prices increase to 10,000 shs.
Residents in Hoima are feeling the pinch of skyrocketing fuel prices. Fuel supply in the country has been said to be affected by a strike at the Kenya-Uganda border, at which truck drivers protested the high charges for COVID-19 tests.
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja reassured the country on Friday that fuel supplies will be restored to normal soon.
“Government is aware of the public concerns about rising fuel prices, but would like to assure the country that we are not in a crisis. The hiccup at Malaba border was fixed. Prices should stabilize. Fuel dealers should not use this excuse to hike prices,” she said.
This did not stop fuel prices going up on Friday to an all-time high of sh10,000 a litre of petrol, from sh4,590 while diesel prices went as high as sh7,000 . In Kampala, petrol is now selling between sh4,700 and sh5,500 a litre.
The situation was tense by late Friday as most fuel stations reported that they had run out of fuel forcing the prices to escalate further.
Only one petrol station situated in Kiryatete in Hoima West division had fuel in Hoima city by late Friday. Here, a litre of petrol was selling at sh12,000 and diesel at sh8,000.
A pump attendant at Stabex fuel station who spoke out on condition of anonymity explains that they ran out of fuel on Thursday afternoon.
Another pump attendant at Total petrol station also spoke up on condition that he be kept anonymous noted that at their station, fuel got finished on Thursday evening at around 9 pm, a situation which has left motor vehicle and motorcycle owners stranded.
Meanwhile, transport fares within the city have also quadrupled in some places, while it has gone up five-fold in others.
Transport from Hoima business centre to Kinubi, a city suburb is now sh5,000 up from sh1,000 a day ago, and from Kibingo cell to Hoima City centre charges are now at sh6,000 up from sh1,000 , while transport from Bujumbura in Hoima East division to Hoima business centre is costing sh5,000 up from 1,000.
Benon Ahebwa, a resident of Kiryatete, wondered why fuel prices should only be hiked in Hoima yet other districts in the region are selling at sh4,590. He wants the government to intervene and investigate fuel station owners in the area.
Godfrey Sebuufu, a bodaboda cyclist at the All Saints Church stage says that he has been compelled to abandon his motorcycle due to the skyrocketing fuel prices yet he has a loan to service. He questioned how much fuel Uganda has in the fuel reserves and how long the reserve can push the country.