The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Energy Minister Irene Muloni to present a statement explaining why fuel prices in the country have been hiked suddenly.
The directive made during the afternoon plenary session followed a matter of national importance raised by Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko.
Nsereko told parliament that the current increase in the fuel prices was to affect Ugandans who he said are to pay higher prices for goods and services following the increase in the cost of fuel by petroleum companies.
Tasking government to explain the increased fuel prices, Nsereko said that since December 2017 fuel prices have been increasing yet prices in the neighbouring countries remain stable.
Nsereko said that if government does not intervene in the situation the fuel problem is likely to affect students who are going back to school.
He wondered why government does not offer consumer protection to the citizens of Uganda who continue to be exploited through increase of prices without any reason yet wages of the citizens remain the same.
Following Nsereko’s submission, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga directed the Minister of Energy Irene Muloni to prepare a statement explaining why Uganda’s fuel prices are hiked compared to her neighbours.