The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has asked
the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to present a statement on
Wednesday next week regarding the rising fuel prices.
The pump price for Petrol has in the last few weeks
been increasing and is currently above Shillings 4,200.
Robert Ndugwa Migadde, the Buvuma Island MP raised
the issue as a matter of National Importance during the Thursday Parliament sitting.
He said that by 17th June 2021, the price
of Petrol was Shillings 3,900, while Diesel was 3,500 and currently, the price
of Petrol is Shillings 4,600 and 6,000 in Buvuma Islands, while Diesel is at
Migadde said that fuel is a major driver in the economy
and that this has led to increase in the different commodity prices and other necessities.
He questioned how much fuel Uganda has in the fuel reserves and how long the
reserve can push the country.
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In response, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja noted
the challenges the rising fuel prices have caused saying that it is a global
problem. She then directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Ruth
Nankabirwa to present a comprehensive statement to parliament on the matter.
Deputy Speaker Among demanded that the statement is
presented before Parliament on Wednesday next week.
Early this month, the Minister said that government
cannot regulate the fuel pump price because the market was liberalized a long
The increase in prices of diesel and petrol in Uganda is attributed to the
global rise in crude oil. The global oil prices had climbed above US Dollars 80
a barrel by late September. Some analysts believe that oil prices will continue
to rise amid surging demand and tight supplies.
The commissioner in charge of petroleum supply and distribution, Rev Frank
Justave Tukwasibwe is quoted saying that the rise in fuel prices is not unique
“It is global, not that it is unique to Uganda," he explained, "but
it has affected us so badly compared to others. That is why we are saying that
our regulation is to ensure adequate supply in a free and competitive
According to Tukwasibwe, if other factors were constant, the fuel in Uganda
would not be costly. He revealed that Uganda spends about US Dollars 100 to
transport 1,000 litres of fuel from the Port of Mombasa and US Dollars 120 per
1,000 litres through Dar-es-salaam.
“For a Ugandan citizen to appreciate the price in Uganda, if all other factors
were constant, to transport from the coast at Mombasa to Uganda, you add
Shillings 355 per liter," he said. "To transport from Dar which
is a little bit longer, you add Shillings 430.”
According to Tukwasibwe, Ugandans should remain confident that the government
will ensure that stocks don't run out to lead to a crisis. He says all the
government can do is to fight the smuggling of fuel from other countries and to
fight adulteration of the fuel because of the high demand for petrol and