27 February 2013

Uganda: Kabale Runs Out of Fuel

Western Uganda — Motorists in Kabale town are stranded following a rise in prices and scarcity of fuel for about three days now. A number of fuelling stations have hiked prices selling petrol between sh3930 to sh4000 and diesel sh3500 per litre.

Jig Kapila, the manager of Shell Petrol Station said they had ordered for fuel from Kenya but their trucks are yet to return.

"Everybody is worried about the elections, especially the foreign truck drivers. During the Kenyan post-election violence, some of the drivers were attacked and goods were lost. So they fear that the same would happen," Kapila said.

Kenya goes to the polls on Monday to elect a new leader to replace departing president Mwai Kibaki, who has ruled the east African nation for the past decade.

Fred Kabagambe a motorcyclist has endured an exhausting snail-paced movement in a queue to get fuel, at least under the watcful eye of police deployed at the various gas stations to keep order.

Kenyans will pick out their new president from a list of eight candidates: Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Peter Kenneth, James ole Kiyiapi, Mohamed Abduba Dida and Paul Muite.

Public opinion is placing Jubilee coalition's Kenyatta and CORD alliance's Odinga ahead of the pack.

The election will come exactly a week after the second presidential debate that saw the eight hopefuls take each on on matters concerning the economy, foreign policy and land issues.

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