In Busia district, a litre of petrol at a pump fuel station costs between Shillings 4,530 and 46,10 up from Shillings 3,670 while those vending in plastic bottles have hiked a liter from Shillings 3,800 to between Shillings 4,700 and 4,800.
Some Taxi drivers and Boda-boda operators in Busia district have opted to cross to neighboring
Kenya to buy petrol because of the hiked prices in the country.
In Busia district, a
litre of petrol at a pump fuel station
costs between Shillings 4,530 and 46,10 up from Shillings 3,670 while those vending in plastic bottles have
hiked a liter from Shillings 3,800 to between Shillings 4,700 and
In Busia County in Kenya, the pump price for a liter of petrol ranges between Kshs 125 (UGX 3,875) to Kshs 130 (UGX 4,030). This has prompted taxi drivers and riders to resort to neighboring Kenya to buy cheap petrol.
The motorists send Boda-boda riders with empty Jerrycans to the fuel station across the border to buy
petrol for them.
Bernard Mukisa, Jefferson Sibuuta, and Stephen
Simwero are some of the transporters
in Busia who have resorted to fuel from Kenya.
They explain that they resorted to the cheaper fuel because
they couldn’t increase transport fares.
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Simon Simwero, a Boda-boda rider says that they tried to hike transport
fares earlier prompting
travelers to shun motorcycles. He says that this prompted them to cross
to Kenya for cheap fuel so as
to remain in business.
Suzan Wandera, the Deputy
Mayor of Busia Municipality says that the decision by the fuel consumers in the area to cross
to Kenya affects them in terms of local revenue collections.
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Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident
District Commissioner- RDC says that the presence of mobile vendors puts the area at
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Early this month, the commissioner in charge of
petroleum supply and distribution, Rev. Frank
Justus Tukwasibwe attributed the rise
in fuel prices to the
global rise in crude oil price.