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Uganda Hit By Fuel Shortage As Trucks Stuck In Tailbacks

Ugandans were struggling Monday with a fuel shortage that has sent prices skyrocketing, as hundreds of trucks remain stuck in huge tailbacks at the border with Kenya, IgbereTV reports.

Energy Minister Ruth Nankabirwa said the border delays were caused by a faulty scanner used by customs officials to check vehicles and “issues regarding Covid-19”.

Truck drivers have been complaining of massive queues at Uganda’s eastern border as officials carry out mandatory coronavirus testing.

In the western district of Hoima, ironically the area where Uganda discovered large oil deposits earlier this century, a litre of fuel was selling at 12,000 Ugandan shillings ($3.40, three euros) — up from 4,000 shillings previously

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