By: Malik Fahad Jjingo
Lwengo: Police in Lwengo District have banned vending of fuel in Kyazanga Town Council. This follows rampant fire outbreaks in which more than 10 people have died and property worth millions of shillings burnt to ashes since last year.
Mr Kenneth Kabwigo Gumisiriza, the officer in charge of Kyazanga Police Station, confirmed the development yesterday, saying it was also aimed at protecting the business interests of genuine fuel station operators.
Last month, a family of four people perished in a fire after it gutted their house in Katuulo village in Kyazanga Rural Sub-county. The fire was reportedly caused by poor fuel storage in their house.
The deceased were identified as Mutwalibu Kivumbi (40), Roy Kyomugisha (35), Abdul Sekyanja and Hakim Jemba.
Mr Kabwigo told the Daily Monitor that several illegal fuel dealers have been operating in areas where there are no licensed fuel stations and make price deductions which attract more customers.
Mr John Katongole, a trader who has been selling fuel outside the licensed fuel stations, said the ban was made because most of the fuel stations in Kyazanga Town are owned by district officials.