Fuel shortage downplayed

As petrol shortage continues to bite, dealers have expressed concerns over failure by government to establish national fuel reserves.

Many fuel stations have run out of petrol, with the situation reported to be worse in some up country towns.

In Masaka, a litre of petrol shot up from shs 3,800 to close to shs 5000, while in Kasese, a litre of petrol was by yesterday selling at close to shs 7000.

Now the managing director Tapuz limited, dealers and consultants on oil, David Segal blames the continued shortages on the lack of national fuel reserves.

Segal says government should have realized the importance of reserves, since it does not have a pipeline that connects to other countries.

He says that the only short-term solution is construction of reserves to avoid such incidents.