Mbarara: UNBS in Campaign to Curb Fuel Theft

UNBS officials engaging Mbarara car owners

By Sharon Kyatusiimire

Uganda national bureau of standards (UNBS) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) on Tuesday sensitized car owners in Mbarara town on how to curb fuel adulteration and dilution by fuel sellers.

The sensitization is part of Fuel Marking and monitoring program, stuff a nationwide program that is aimed at protecting the fuel market from smuggling and eliminating fake fuel from the market.

UNBS and MEMD in cooperation with oil marketing companies will mark and monitor petrol stations to make sure they do not cheat their customers. The campaign is guided by fuel marking regulations that were formed in 2009.

While addressing a group of vehicle owners at shell petrol station in Mbarara town, stuff Byokunda Spero, the Principal Petroleum Officer Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development asked car owners to be vigilant while buying fuel to avoid being sold diluted, fake or less fuel than what they have paid for.

“We have been receiving complains about fake fuel being sold and also some petrol stations that sell less or even air after paying for fuel. We are hoping that this campaign will help out in reducing those programs,” Byokunda said.

He added “We have dispatched different field officers from INBS who are going to be checking petrol stations from now and then, however we encourage the general public to be vigilant and make sure you are offered quality oil and report any misconduct to our office,”

According to Kitumbo Peter, a field officer from UNBS, the campaign’s objective is to provide customers with quality assurance and protection from fake products sold at the final dispersing outlet.

He warned fuel sellers who sell diluted and adulterated oil that they risk being arrested if caught but also urged the general public to stop buying oil from petrol stations that are not on standard because it has been reported that most of them sell fake fuel.


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