By Ambrose Kweronda
After nearly three weeks of sky rocketing prices for fuel countrywide, including Kisoro district, fuel pumps across the district have today run dry.
This was confirmed by Kindly petrol station owner Boniface Harera who owns more than 5 outlets in the entire district.
Harera, says he had hoped that the fuel supply would last till the weekend however that has not been possible.
According to Harera, his stock of up to 20,000 liters a month is usually adequate however this phenomena is far beyond him.
Similar sentiments have been shared by other fuel suppliers and distributors in the district including Total, Shell, Nyamagana, Stabex and Kyamps Fuel that have no more petrol to offer to customers.
Harera says at the time when fuel run dry, his prices for petrol stood at 5,500 per liter.
“I have been told some fuel outlets in Kampala have some fuel reserves so am going to send for fuel. I will have to buy at 5,500 per liter which means I will rise the liter in Kisoro to 6000 Ugandan shillings,” Harera explained.
Smaller fuel pumps operating in villages across the district are said to be pumping fuel at 7000 shillings per liter, however it is only a matter of time, till they also run dry.
The fuel crisis in Kisoro has left many motorists worried about how they are going to conduct business.
The chairperson of Kisoro United Boda Boda Association (KUBO) Robert Kalangala says his members will have no choice but to increase fares for transporting people and their goods.
Kalangala says town service within Kisoro Municipality has always been between 1000 and 2000 Ugandan shillings however all riders will have to increase prices in order to survive the unfavorable situation.
Rates seen by www.mknewslink.com reporter include Kisoro Municipality to Kisoro hospital 1000 (former) 3000 (current), Kisoro Municipality to Mutolere hospital 2000 (former) 4000 current, Kisoro Municipality to Rubuguri 10,000 (former) 15,000 to 20,000 (current price), Kisoro Municipality to Nyanamo 15,000 (former) 30,000 current, Kisoro Municipality to Nyarusiza 5000 (former) 10,000 current.
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