Dealers selling adulterated fuel will not only be named and shamed, but consumers will also be discouraged from buying their products, the Commissioner for Petroleum Supply, Ministry of Energy, Rev Frank Tukwasibwe, has said.
Speaking at a workshop bringing together fuel markers, dealers and the industry regulator, Rev Tukwasibwe said beginning next financial year (two months away), fuel dealers caught with adulterated fuel will be published in the media with a warning that they should be avoided.
He said: “That will be part of the duty to increase customer awareness on what is happening in the industry.”
Global Fluids International (GFI), an agency charged with marking, controlling and monitoring product adulteration, smuggling and dumping of transit fuel, were put on the spot over laxity.
They were accused of wrong measurement (calibration) and delays among other claims. Most of the marking of fuel happens at the border points, particularly Malaba, Busia and Mutukula and in some cases arrangement can be done to have the fuel checked for quality in Kampala.
In response, the GFI chief executive officer, Mr Young Avraham, said too many trucks arrive at the same time and mostly at night.
He said: “We get about 50-60 trucks at the same time and we cannot clear all of them at once. So we spend about four hours to mark them.”
He continued: “But ordinarily, we take between 20-30 minutes to clear one truck. At the same time it’s important to know that we are working hard to solve that problem but we cannot do it alone, we need to solve it together with transporters.”
Even with challenges of adulteration, UNBS says at least 80 per cent of the overall retail network (of the 1,170 stations) is within the marking radar (checking for quality).
Total Uganda Limited managing director Imrane Barry said fuel dealers, particularly his company, do not compromise on quality.
Uganda National Bureau of Standards report on fuel adulteration indicates that several retail outlets have been found with adulterated fuel especially in the western region.
According to the report, transporters of fuel from depots to retailers have also been found to be the source of adulterated fuel.