fuel stations around Kampala have reported low sales following the ban on both
private and public transport as part of the COVID-19 containment measures. Last
week, president, Yoweri Museveni announced a 42 day’s nationwide lockdown as
the country battles the second wave of COVID-19.
banned both private and public transport with the exception of vehicles moving
essential workers and cargo. He also restricted Boda boda riders to carrying
cargo. The ban on both private and public transport has taken a huge toll on
pump fuel stations with some, saying that they cannot even sell half of what
they used to sell before the lockdown.
a supervisor at Rubi’s Fuel stations, says their sales have drastically gone
down. She, however, couldn’t give the numbers, saying she would confirm later.
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At Rubi’s Fuel station a liter of petrol costs Shillings 4060 while diesel
costs Shillings 3620. Sylvia Mukisa, the manager of Moil fuel station next
to YWCA Wandegeya along Buganda road, says that they have been facing
challenges since the lockdown started.
‘’We have just resumed operations today (Thursday) since last Friday when the
president directed the closure of public transport and as you can see for
yourself business is very low,” said Mukisa. A Liter of petrol and diesel at Moil
fuel station cost Shillings 3900 and 3510 respectively.
found the two pump attendants at Kavango petro fuel station opposite Public
service along Wandegeya-Mulago road seated without any clients to attend to. One
of the pump attendants told URN on condition of anonymity that the station is
operating in a crisis as some of the employees were temporarily asked to stay
station that used to make sales to a tune of Shillings four million and above
in a day now is selling between Shillings 100,000 to Shillings 200,000 maximum,”
said the pump attendant. A liter of petrol and diesel at Kavango Pump fuel
station cost Shillings 3898 and Shillings 3499 respectively. The manager at Petro fuel station along Kampala road
opposite railway grounds, who declined to reveal any information, said their
sales have been very low since Saturday, June 19.
spent about then minutes at the pump fuel station, only two Boda bodas and a
delivery that delivered merchandise at the nearby supermarket fueled at the
station. A liter of petrol
and diesel cost Shillings 4100 and Shillings 3650 respectively. At City Oil
Bombo road a few vehicles turned up to fuel. Here a liter of diesel and petrol
cost Shillings 3540 and Shillings 3910 respectively.
At Petro pump fuel station on Bombo road,
the three pump attendants were found relaxing at their designated pumps. However, no
single vehicle turned up in the 20 minutes our reporter spent at the station.
At Gaz fuel station along Gayaza road, a pump attendant that URN spoke to noted
that a few vehicles are turning up to buy fuel.
He explained that the station
was always busy before the lockdown but currently only Boda boda riders are
fueling there. ‘’Before the
lockdown, this place could be full of vehicles lining up for fuel in the morning
and in the evening. And when it comes to Taxis they are our main customers but
now they are not on the road, ’’said the pump attendant