The Hoima City Woman Member of Parliament, Ms Asinansi Nyakato, Thursday tasked the government about its preparedness in case of a fuel crisis stemming from the forthcoming Kenyan elections.
During the sitting of the House, Ms Nyakato said that as Kenya goes to her presidential polls next week, there is a need to know if Uganda was prepared if a fuel crisis and post-election violence occur looking at the past experiences.
“I would like the minister to update this House and Ugandans about the steps taken to prepare for any emergency in case there will be a fuel shortage and post-election violence that affects cargo movement,” she said.
Responding to the matter of national importance, Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, said that the government has the fuel reserves to run the country in case of a crisis.
“What I can assure the country in front of this camera is that the government has the reserves to make this country run,” Ms Nabbanja who is also the Kakumiro District Woman Member of Parliament,” said.
Ms Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament also reiterated the need to know how much fuel is in the reserves and if there are alternative routes to transport the fuel.
The Third Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Rukia Nakadama, said Uganda is prepared with fuel available in the reserves adding that the Tanzanian route will also be used to import fuel in case of a crisis.
Busiro County East Member of Parliament, Mr Medard Ssegona, sought to know the quantity of the oil reserves but in vain.
‘Civilised governments will tell you in terms of quantity. We had our reserves in Jinja but we know that they are dilapidated. The issue of how much fuel we have is an issue of quantity,” he said.