A fuel crisis has hit Kabale district forcing transport fares to shoot up.
People line up for fuel today Morning at shell Kigezi
A survey carried out by our reporter at various Fuel pump stations in
Kabale shows that a liter of petrol goes for shillings 5000 up from
3800 shillings while on the black market it costs between 6000 and 7000
shillings. The affected pump stations are Agaba services, Kobil, Kabale,
Gapco, and Shell Kigezi.
Information obtained shows that, most of the pump stations ran out of
fuel on Tuesday evening. Jane Tindyebwa, the manager of shell Kigezi
says despite the increased demand for fuel they don’t have any supplies.
Mark Niwagaba, the manager of Agaba Services fuel station says they
have not been able to stock any fuel since it ran out on Tuesday.
He says they are currently stuck because of lack of fuel supplies
from Kampala, despite the fact that they are willing to buy fresh
supplies to meet their customer’s demand.
As a result, boda boda motorists in Kabale town have increased their
fares by 500 shillings. The shortest distance out of Kabale town which
would cost 2000 shillings now costs between shillings 2500 and 3500.
Mahad Issah, a boda boda motorist blames the fuel shortage on
businessmen he accuses of hoarding fuel so as to increase their profit
Windom Niwagaba, another Boda Boda motorist says they have been
trying to cope with the high prices but it is unfortunate that the fuel
is now where to be seen.
Taxi drivers are not happy with the state of affairs either. Andrew
Byomukama plies the Kabale-Kasiizi route. He says the transport fare
have shot up from shillings 8000 to 12000.
Christmas David, a driver along the Mbarara –Kabale Route says the
fare from Kabale to Mbarara has increased from 15,000 to 20,000
shillings. He says many drivers have opted to park their vehicles.
Our reporter visited the usually busy Kabale taxi park on Thursday and found only a handful of passengers and travelers.