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Kitgum RDC closes fuel station over hiking petrol prices

Kitgum resident district commissioner (RDC) William Komakech has ordered the closure of Petrocity fuel station in Kitgum municipality over hiking petrol prices.

The station was selling a litre of petrol at Shs 12,000 by end of business on Monday, while the price per litre ranged between Shs 4,900 and Shs 6,000 at all other stations in the district, and the region.

According to Komakech, six out of the nine fuelling stations in Kitgum municipality including Shell Alcoben, Total One, Total Two, Rock, Oil Energy and Gapco had run out of fuel in their reserves leaving only Petrocity, Pita, and Don operating.

Komakech says they decided to close operations of the fuelling station because they were taking advantage of the current shortage of fuel in the district to hike fuel pump prices and will only be opened to business after rescinding their decision formally.

Richard Billy Okello, a pump attendant at Petrocity, Kitgum branch did not deny hiking the fuel pump price for petrol but says they are under a directive from their superiors to keep their reserves with some fuel to avoid closure of business and avoid losing regular customers.

Okello argues the current crisis is a nationwide issue citing Pader where the price of petrol has been hiked to Shs 14,000 per litre and in the West Nile sub-region where a litre of petrol ranges between Shs 10,000 and Shs 12,000. Okello however says negotiations are underway to consider a reduction.

Komakech also warned proprietors of other filling stations to desist from taking advantage of the current situation to exploit and inflict financial pain on motorists saying members of the public should abandon the overpriced dealers; stations as they wait for the situation to normalize.

The current escalation in fuel prices has been attributed to recent delays in clearance of fuel tankers at the Kenya-Uganda border points of Malaba and Busia, caused by mandatory Covid-19 testing of all truck drivers along the two border points.


0 #1 Lakwena 2022-01-18 14:09
In other words, Resident Dictator, William Komakech will be reprimanded and transferred to a District where there are no petrol stations.

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+1 #2 Uncle philo 2022-01-18 14:37
But in this Banana republic, which authority is responsible for regulating private businesses? I think an RDC can has powers to stop people from breathing?
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2022-01-18 17:06
Well, for the first time i will agree with the incompetent actions of an RDC, where is the justification for the increase, the fuel that they have in their tankers is old stock when things were still normal, what expense have they incurred now to justify the increase.

closing them may not have been the best option since the other stations have run out of fuel, may be to order them to sell at 5000.
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0 #4 Akot 2022-01-18 19:11
This is another reason why Ugandans MUST end Musveni's family business in UNITY, then go for the kind of governance they want immediately, if there is to be sensible decisions that won't punish Ugandans further!

Developed world face hicking fuel prices too, but they have given people money to help pay for fuel, elelctricity!

It takes GOOD GOVERNANCE to handle situations like this!

Are Museveni & family affected by rising prices & is the lifetime ruler helping Ugandans pay bills?

Yet Museveni will rule peacefully for 40 years, will be legalised with next fake election to ensure his 45 years in power!

Why have Ugandans given Museveni & family their country, made the migrant the richest chief tribal leader & lifetiime ruler, while Ugandans punish themselves so?
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