Fuel=Oil=problems for most African countries. If its not eating into your foreign exchange reserves(for those without), there are rebels who have better ideas as to how the oil money should be distributed(for those who have it.). It really is the curse of the continent. so rich yet so used, abused and undeveloped.
Now Uganda our bossom buddy has oil, wonder how this will work out.
That wasn’t the point of this post though. This post is about artificial shortage and ‘unscrupulous’ business men who somehow manipulate whole ministries and government employees into situations that are of no benefit to the country but wholly benefit a handful of firms.
From gleaning the news channels and this very insightful blog by @coldtusker, here is the lowdown on the high waters.
Business man X and Y buy enough fuel privately to completely fill the storage facilities supplied by the government. There is lots of unrefined fuel sitting in government storage unprocessed due to inefficiency brought about by the only government run refinery simply not doing its job. There is a ship docked at the port with refined product that cant discharge because storage is full.
So we have lots of fuel allover the coast, some in ships, some in storage, some unrefined e.t.c and yet a week ago there was no fuel at the pumps. And the government had the audacity to blame Oil marketers. why would anyone sabotage themselves and not make any sales?
Being this close to a general election, this just sounds like a fresh Anglo-leasing type scam cobbled together to raise campaign funds. the fact that none of the characters behind the shadowy firms in the saga are exposed means only one thing. We would be shocked because it is people we know well and looked up to as role models, just like the Anglo-leasing crowd.
This needs to stop like yesterday. Holding an entire country ransom because you feel like making a few million shillings should be punishable and SHOULD be punished.
But then again borrowing from the movie Blood Diamonds TIA(This is africa).