MOTORISTS with petrol driven engines have started the year experiencing a 0.56 per cent price increase of petrol announced by the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA).
However, gas oil driven automobiles will in this New Year beginning enjoy 0.56 per cent slight price decline. Kerosene prices remained constant.
The indicative prices show that citizens of the two remote towns of Lugufu and Ruberwa in Kigoma and Kagera Regions will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets due to high prices when compared to other parts in the country.
Due to the increment, petrol, diesel and kerosine rose to 2,369/-, 2,332/-, 2,292/- per litre at Lugufu town (Uvinza district) compared to 2,357/-, 2,344/- and 2,292/- respectively published in December.
Similarly, retail prices for petrol, diesel and Kerosine at Ruberwa town (Kyerwa district) jumped to 2,363/- , 2,326/-, 2,286/- per litre compared to 2,351/-, 2,358/- and 2,286/- respectively of the previous period.
While residents in the two towns and few other areas in the borders are obliged to pay higher for fuel, those in Dar es Salaam will enjoy pay low prices for the product comparatively in the tune of 2,126/-, 2,173/-, 2,049/- for petrol, diesel and kerosene.
The high prices for fuel that most of the remote regions along the country's borders particularly with Burundi and Rwanda have to pay will necessarily drive up transport costs and the prices of almost all goods and services in respective towns.
The situation could be translated negatively on the increased cost of living of the people in these areas to the extent of making their economic activities including agriculture and businesses unprofitable.