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Fuel Prices Increase in Buvuma After Pump Stations Suspend Services

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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.
A woman refilling a vehicle at Buvuma.

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Fuel prices 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.

The ferry, 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 Lake Victoria. 

The suspension of ferry services has seen an increase in fuel prices within the island district.  

Currently, a 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 3, 700.

Aisha Ashaba, the manager Kirongo fuel station, says ever since the ferry suspended its services, no fuel truck has crossed to the district.

She says it is costly for them to transport fuel in jerrycans on boats to the island.

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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.

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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.

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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.