Fuel Prices Hike Due to Low Supply

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In short
Currently, boda boda motorists charge more than Shillings 1000 to places such as Moroto Army Barracks, Acholi Inn, Singila and Lia springs among others, which would cost Shillings 1000.

Transport fares have shot up in Moroto following a hike in the fuel price. A liter of petrol in Moroto town now costs Shillings 4000 up from Shillings 3600.At Moroto Catholic Diocese pump station a liter of petrol goes for Shillings 3800.



 
However, diesel and kerosene have remained at Shillings 3500 and Shillings 3000 respectively at the mission. The fuel price shot up following the closure of Shell and Net Gas pump fuel station for the last two weeks.

 
Guide Konyen Loboro, the owner of Shell pump fuel station, the oldest in Moroto town, say he halted his services over prices and technical issues.  Konyen notes that much as there are increments in fuel prices, the suppliers are tampering with the fuel.

 

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At Asli petrol station, which is opposite Leslona hotel, the operators say they have lost customers due to the fuel price increase. Twalha Muhindo, the sales manager told URN that most of their customers have resorted buying fuel from Soroti and Moroto Catholic Diocese where it is relatively cheaper.
 
 
Muhindo attributes the increase in fuel prices to Kenyan elections that he notes affected supply.


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Currently, boda boda motorists charge more than Shillings 1000 to places such as Moroto Army Barracks, Acholi Inn,  Singila and Lia springs among others, which would cost Shillings 1000.

 
The fuel price increase has forced transporters to stop giving travelers discounts. At the Gateway Park in Moroto where some passengers have been paying Shillings 25,000 there are no more negotiations, according to Grace Nakiru. 

James Odongo, a boda boda cyclist in Moroto town, says the new fuel prices have affected their business especially among riders who hire bikes. "I have been saving at least Shillings 50,000 in a week after paying my boss but since the prices increased, I hardly save Shillings 40,000. I wonder what's going on and yet our customers are used to old prices" Odongo told URN in an interview.