have increased in Buvuma district because of the failure of the only two pump
stations to operate.
The fuel stations at Kirongo landing site and Luwanda
trading center suspended their services due to failure by trucks to supply fuel
from the mainland resulting from the suspension of ferry services.
which plies the Kiyindi-Buvuma district route, suspended its services a month
ago after the docking pier was submerged because of the increased water volume in
The suspension of ferry services has seen an increase in fuel
prices within the island district.
liter of petrol on the mainland costs about Shillings 3, 800, diesel Shillings 3,400
and paraffin Shillings 3, 200.
However, on Buvuma Island a liter of petrol from
private dealers costs Shillings 5, 000, Shillings diesel 4, 500, and Shillings paraffin
Aisha Ashaba, the manager Kirongo fuel station, says ever
since the ferry suspended its services, no fuel truck has crossed to the
She says it is costly for them to transport fuel in jerrycans on boats
to the island.
in: “Nkoseddwa ku murimu…
Cue out: …nebatuwa amafuta”//
Yazid Muwonge, one of those selling fuel in
jerrycans, says they hiked the prices of fuel to recover the costs they incur
ferrying it from the mainland.
He explained that boats operate
under great restrictions because of the lock down, which costs them heavily.
//Cue in: “Tugajja Mukono, Lugazi…
Cue in: …akasente saako amafuta”//
Denis Ssembusi, a Boda boda rider says they
have no option but to buy the fuel at the prevailing price since it would be
costly for them to look for it on the mainland.
He says those who bring
in fuel in jerrycans help them lot since they bring the fuel closer to them.
//Cue in: “Kakati olwokuba oba…
Cue out: …naye nawuliriza”//
Allan Ssempebwa, the Media Relations, Public and Corporates Manager
Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA appeals for patience from residents as the
authority continues to work on the docking piers to allow the ferry to resume
its daily services.