Rwigara vows to fight on

'We find Diane Rwigara and Ade­line Rwigara not guilty on all charges'

The East African - - FRONT PAGE - By IVAN R. MUGISHA

The ac­quit­tal of Rwan­dan politi­cian Diane Rwigara has en­cour­aged the op­po­si­tion to de­mand a re­view of cases against other politi­cians even as the gov­ern­ment de­nies claims that ex­ter­nal pres­sure had in­flu­enced the court’s de­ci­sion.

The 37-year-old ac­coun­tant, who was charged with in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion and forgery, was set free along­side her mother Ade­line, by the High Court in Kigali on Thurs­day.

MO­TORISTS IN the re­gion will have to dig deeper into their pock­ets to pay for petrol, diesel and kerosene.

For Tan­za­nia and Uganda prices have been steadily ris­ing since Oc­to­ber.

For the past two months in Tan­za­nia, petrol, diesel and kerosene in­creased by Tsh39.68/litre ($0.01721) equiv­a­lent to 1.75 per cent, Tsh50.22/litre ($0.02178) equiv­a­lent to 2.22 per cent and Tsh87.48/litre ($0.03794 (equiv­a­lent to 4.06 per cent), re­spec­tively.

In Uganda, the price of petrol rose by Ush50 ($0.01332), and diesel by Ush30 ($0.00799).

Tan­za­nia’s En­ergy and Wa­ter Util­i­ties Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (Ewura), which reg­u­lates fuel prices monthly said it had im­posed an­other oil price in­crease that takes ef­fect on Wed­nes­day.

Re­tail prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene in­creased by Tsh40/litre ($0.01735) equiv­a­lent to 1.66 per cent, Tsh50/ litre ($0.02169) equiv­a­lent to 2.11 per cent and Tsh88/litre ($0.03817) equiv­a­lent to 3.85 per cent, re­spec­tively this De­cem­ber.

Fol­low­ing the in­crease in global crude oil prices, the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion of Kenya an­nounced in Novem­ber an ad­just­ment in petrol, diesel and kerosene prices by Ksh2.38 per litre ($0.02303), Ksh3.11 ($0.03009) and Ksh2.99 ($0.02893) re­spec­tively from Novem­ber to De­cem­ber 14.

Sim­i­larly, the Ewura state­ment ex­plains that “The change in lo­cal prices of pe­tro­leum prod­ucts is mainly due to changes in the world oil mar­ket prices and bulk pro­cure­ment sys­tem pre­mi­ums.”

An­a­lysts in Uganda have cited the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the shilling against the dol­lar, which is steadily gain­ing against the shilling as an­other rea­son for the in­crease.

Since Novem­ber 21, trad­ing has been at Tsh2,306 to the dol­lar com­pared with Tsh2,285 on Novem­ber 6.

Ugan­dan con­sumers cur­rently buy petrol at Ush4293 ($1.14366) per litre and diesel at Ush4,004 ($1.06667) per litre.

In Oc­to­ber, the world mar­ket price of petrol in­creased to $707 per tonne, $721 per tonne for diesel and $757 per tonne for kerosene.

How­ever, there is sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence in prices in var­i­ous East African coun­tries on ac­count of the var­i­ous taxes and sub­si­dies on fuel.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the World Bank statis­tics, Tan­za­nia de­spite of hav­ing low­est fuel price in re­gion also is the sec­ond high­est coun­try with GDP per capita pur­chas­ing power par­ity af­ter Kenya.

Uganda has the low­est diesel prices in the re­gion.

This month, Dar es Salaam con­sumers will pay more at Tsh2,436 ($1.056) for a litre of petrol, diesel at Tsh2,368 ($1.027) up from last month’s Tsh2,396 ($1.039) for a litre of petrol, Tsh2,385 ($1.034) on diesel and Tsh2,280 ($0.99) for a litre of kerosene.

How­ever, the prices in the North (Arusha, Kil­i­man­jaro, Man­yara and Tanga re­gions) will re­main un­changed as there was no new fuel con­sign­ment in Novem­ber.

Those in Kigoma will pay the high­est per litre of petrol at Tsh2,668 ($1.157) and diesel at Tsh2,667 ($1.15).” Nzinyangwa Mchany, Tan­za­nia’s en­ergy reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity act­ing di­rec­tor gen­eral

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