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Evelyn Kyoshaba, 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.
24 Jun 2021 11:34
A boda boda rider fueling at Petro fuel station Kampala road

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Several pump 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.

He also 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.  

Evelyn Kyoshaba, 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. 

Our reporter 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 home.

‘’Imagine a 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.


Our reporter 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 



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