The Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan North have arrested a 38-year-old businessman for selling fuel without a licence.
Bangi Stephen, a resident of Quata zone, Kanyanya ward, Kawempe division, in Kampala district, was arrested in a raid at his home on September 19, 2022.
Police found him with 30,000 litres of diesel that was parked in jerrycans. He was also found ferrying more fuel in a mobile fuel tanker registration number UBG, 128E.
He is charged with dealing in Petroleum Products without a trading license.
Upon interrogation, the suspect admitted to dealing in diesel fuel without a licence and in a non-gazetted facility that is within his compound.
There were no firefighting measures, and no escape route, incase of a fire outbreak or disaster.
“It also serious environmental related threats to the neighborhood. The fact that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was not done, makes it difficult, to establish whether, there are any spill-over effects, in the neighborhood or not,” said police spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga.
“We advise the public not to consume or buy such fuel products from unauthorized outlets, due to the potential of consuming adulterated fuel that may cause damage to your motor vehicles, motorcycles or other machines.”
He said they are awaiting additional reports from NEMA and Ministry of Energy and then forward the file to the DPP.
“We do further caution all other illegal dealers in Petroleum products, without appropriate licences, to ensure they obtain them, so as to remain in the business, on legitimate grounds.”