The leaders of the National Unity Platform in a presser took a swipe at the NRM government for causing an avoidable fuel crisis in the country.
Fuel prices have been steadily rising since last year, but a major spike has been seen in the past week with some fuel stations selling only the premium petrol, costing over UGX 5,200 – UGX 7,500 a liter. This the government say is caused by delayed clearance at the Malaba border. The government has suspended the mandatory #COVID19 testing at the border to ensure the trucks move faster. Whereas the traffic jam is moving, the chairperson of truck drivers Byron Kinene says it could take them two weeks to clear the backlog before fuel prices can get back to normal.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga says this crisis could have been avoided if the oil reserves had fuel. The President of NUP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu added his voice saying the government found fuel reserves that they have since sold or rendered redundant. Kyagulanyi says the crisis has artificially been caused to profit people close to the regime since they are the dealers in oil. The Opposition Chief Whip Nambeshe warns Ugandans that the fuel prices have just began to rise, we should expect more increase as the days go by with the fuel trucks still stuck at Malaba.