Uganda Stocks Adequate Fuel Ahead of Kenyan Polls

Ahead of the Kenyan presidential elections slated for Tuesday next week, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has revealed that the Government of Uganda has taken precautionary measures to avert any fuel shortages.

“What I can assure the country in front of this camera, is that the NRM Government has the reserves to make this country run,” Nabbanja told parliament.

She was responding to concerns raised by Hoima City Woman Member of Parliament Asinansi Nyakato, who cited the violent 2007 Elections in Kenya that caused severe fuel shortages in Uganda.

“I would like the Minister of Mineral Development and Energy to update this honourable House and Ugandans about the steps Government has taken to prepare for any emergency response in case there will be shortage of fuel,” she added.

It should be remembered that in the 2007 election, violence erupted between supporters of opposition figurehead candidates Raila Amollo Odinga and Mwai Kibaki who was running for a second term.

A number of cargo trucks destined for Uganda and other land locked countries within the East African Community (EAC) were torched and property worth billions lost.

A brief by the Department for International Development (DFID) and UKaid estimates that over 1,200 Kenyans lost their lives in this election violence and as many as 350,000 people were displaced.

The report notes that this mayhem disrupted crop production, transport and led to an 80% reduction in Kenya’s tourism revenue and rise in the price of basic goods.

Whereas this situation is unlikely this time round, analysts have warned that bad blood between Azimio-One Kenya Party’s Presidential Candidate Raila Amollo Odinga and United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) William Samoei Ruto might be a precursor.

This has also been amplified by the stiff competition between the two camps. The latest survey by Ipsos Group shows that 47% of Kenyans are in support of Odinga while Ruto is trailing at 42%.

However, during debate in the Ugandan Parliament on Thursday August 4, 2022; Speaker Anita Among also reassured that Government “has fuel in place and has alternative routes to bring in fuel” before closing the discussion.


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Publish date : 2022-08-05 06:25:36

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