Uganda says fuel shortage due to supply interruption at border with Kenya

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Uganda has said the fuel shortage in some parts of the country is due to the interruption in the supply chain at the common border with Kenya where transit truck drivers were protesting charging them for COVID-19 tests.

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in a statement issued late on Friday said the 10-day interruption led to a spike in prices as some dealers hoarded the petroleum products.

The statement said the supply has resumed after Uganda’s ministry of health resolved to test the truck drivers free of charge instead of the 30 U.S. dollar cost.

“The government is doing everything possible to prioritize the handling of petroleum products at the borders to ensure build-up in stock levels in the country,” the statement said.

The cases of scarcity in districts such as Hoima will be addressed shortly with the ongoing replenishment, the statement added.

The ministry also said the shortage is partly due to the full opening up of the economy which increased the consumption levels. The government on December 31 announced that the country’s economy is fully reopened after some sectors remained closed since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the country in March 2020.

The ministry warned dealers that fuel prices should not exceed 5,000 shillings (1.4 U.S. dollars) per liter. The scarcity had pushed up the price to 10,000 shillings in some remote districts.

Uganda is a net importer of petroleum products with an average current daily consumption of 6.5 million liters, according to ministry figures.

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