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Vol 52 No 12

Published 10th June 2011

Fuel crisis endangers regimes

Anger in the region at overpriced and scarce fuel is growing in the face of official complicity in a distribution corrupt system

High world fuel prices are stoking unrest and inflation in many developing economies but the situation in East Africa is spinning out of control due to a corrupt and chronically mismanaged distribution system. None of the regional governments can agree on the necessary reforms so the current system, much favoured by speculators, stays in place, causing perennial fuel shortages and skyrocketing prices.

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