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Adulterated Fuel on the Rise

27 October, 2023

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is concerned with increasing cases of adulterated fuel on the market.

This was revealed at a fuel dealer’s meeting organized by the energy ministry in partnership with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) at Wash and Wills Hotel in Mbale City.

Frank Tukwasibwe a commissioner in the petroleum supply department says they opted to empower fuel dealers with knowledge on the quality and quantity of fuel they sell. According to Tukwasibwe, a number of cases related to adulterated fuel are being registered.

Daniel Nangalama the acting executive director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) says that all fuel imported into the country is tested. Nangalama attributes cases of fuel adulteration to smugglers who use porous routes to bring it to Uganda. He says that they intend to start an operation on stations adulterating fuel and causing damage to customer’s vehicles.

Muhammad Farah the Haliro Fuel station manager asked UNBS to stop the habit of selling fuel in jerry cans by some traders saying many of them deal in adulterated fuel.