in Hoima are protesting the skyrocketing fuel prices.
The prices went up again on Thursday to an all-time high of 10,000 Shillings a litre of petrol, from 4,590 Shillings while diesel prices went as high as 7,000 Shillings. In Kampala, petrol is now selling between 4700 and 5500 Shillings a litre.
The situation was tense by Friday morning 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 by Friday morning and here, a litre of petrol was selling at 12,000 and diesel at 8,000 Shillings.
pump attendant at Stabex fuel station who spoke to URN on condition of
anonymity explains that theY ran out of fuel on Thursday afternoon. Another
pump attendant at Total petrol station who also spoke to URN on condition of
anonymity noted that at their station, fuel got finished on Thursday evening at
around 9 p.m, a situation which has left motor vehicle and motorcycle owners stranded.
fares within the city have also quadrupled in some places, while it has gone up fivefold in others. Transport from Hoima business centre to Kinubi, a city suburb is now 5,000 Shillings up from 1,000 Shillings a day ago, and from Kibingo cell to Hoima City centre charges are now at 6,000 up from 1,000 Shillings, while transport from Bujumbura
in Hoima East division to Hoima business centre is costing 5,000 Shillings
up from 1,000.
Ahebwa, a resident of Kiryatete, a Hoima suburb wonders why fuel prices
should only be hiked in Hoima yet other districts in the
region are selling at 4,590 Shillings. He wants the government to intervene and
investigate fuel station owners in the area.
in; ”Embera eturoho ya…
out…gavumenti gi yirukemu.”//
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.
in;”Eki dented ku parkinga…
out:…Nobu hereza obulala.”//
Bombo, a bodaboda rider at Supreme stage says he was shocked when he went to
fuel his motorcycle at Kiryatete fuel station and he was told that a litre was
at 12,000 up from 4,590 Shillings.
in; ”Amafuta ngu nywire…
out…tu gyakora tuta.”//
Kahumuza, a bodaboda cyclist at Post bank stage says the situation has
compelled them to hike their transport fares. He says transporting a passenger
from Hoima business centre to Kinubi that used to
be at 2,000 Shillings is now costing 5,000 Shillings.
in; ”Embera ekutu miga…
out…mihanda nama stage.”//
Muhereza another resident explains that the current condition is unbearable
adding that the skyrocketing fuel prices could lead to an increase in the cost of other goods.
//Cue in;”Ekintu kya mafuta…
out:…kyo kulega kintukya.”//
Kyaligonza, a resident of Kigorobya sub county says fuel is a major driver in
the economy adding that if the situation persists it could lead to an increase in
the different commodity prices and other necessities.
October and November last year, the pump price for petrol skyrocketed from Shillings
3,900 to shillings 4,600 while diesel increased from 3,500 to shillings 4,200. The
situation compelled members of parliament to task the government to explain to the
public the reason behind the skyrocketing fuel prices across the country.