Crisis As Kabale Runs out of Fuel

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Mark Niwagaba, the manager of Agaba Services fuel station says they have not been able to stock any fuel since it ran out on Tuesday.

 A fuel crisis has hit Kabale district forcing transport fares to shoot up. A survey carried out by our reporter at various Fuel pump stations in Kabale shows that a liter of petrol goes for shillings 5000 up from 3800 shillings while on the black market it costs between 6000 and 7000 shillings. The affected pump stations are Agaba services, Kobil, Kabale, Gapco, and Shell Kigezi.

Information obtained by URN shows that, most of the pump stations ran out of fuel on Tuesday evening. Jane Tindyebwa, the manager of shell Kigezi says despite the increased demand for fuel they don’t have any supplies. Mark Niwagaba, the manager of Agaba Services fuel station says they have not been able to stock any fuel since it ran out on Tuesday.

He says they are currently stuck because of lack of fuel supplies from Kampala, despite the fact that they are willing to buy fresh supplies to meet their customer’s demand. As a result, boda boda motorists in Kabale town have increased their fares by 500 shillings. The shortest distance out of Kabale town which would cost 2000 shillings now costs between shillings 2500 and 3500.

Mahad Issah, a boda boda motorist blames the fuel shortage on businessmen he accuses of hoarding fuel so as to increase their profit margin.

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Windom Niwagaba, another Boda Boda motorist says they have been trying to cope with the high prices but it is unfortunate that the fuel is now where to be seen.
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Taxi drivers are not happy with the state of affairs either. Andrew Byomukama plies the Kabale-Kasiizi route. He says the transport fare have shot up from shillings 8000 to 12000.

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Christmas David, a driver along the Mbarara –Kabale Route says the fare from Kabale to Mbarara has increased from 15,000 to 20,000 shillings. He says many drivers have opted to park their vehicles.
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Our reporter visited the usually busy Kabale taxi park on Thursday and found only a handful of passengers and travelers.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.