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Press Statement : UNBS dismisses Observer Newspaper Article

  22nd July , 2016

Response to Observer Newspaper article 

Our attention has been drawn to an article published in the Observer Newspaper dated 13th July2016 under the title, “UNBS Cars Damaged by Fake Fuel”

The story has generated commentary from the public published in the same Newspaper under the following titles, “Bureau of standards must do more to protect Ugandans against fake products” & “If UNBS can buy dirty fuel, who is safe then?”

This follows a so called “leaked memo” which UNBS does not subscribe to and the information published is not backed by scientific data.

The information that UNBS has, shows 99% compliance levels in the fuel industry and the stations that do not comply with fuel standards are published regularly in the print media, as a means of informing the public and the motorists on nonconforming companies.

Be informed that, the Fuel Marking and Quality Monitoring Programme (FMP), is designed to control and monitor the quality of petroleum products in the entire supply chain in Uganda. The programme is implemented under a cooperative arrangement between Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) andUNBS.

The latest figures released to the public during the most recent FMP stakeholder engagement held on 1st July 2016, indicated that fuel adulteration had declined from 30% in 2009to 0.6% in 2016. These stakeholder engagement meetings are held on a quarterly basis to receive feedback and share information on the quality and quantity of fuel on the market.These meetings have always been useful, providing a platform for exchanging ideas, addressing sector concerns and curbing non-compliant practicesin the market.

Therefore, UNBS wishes to disassociate itself from the so called “leaked memo” as it is not backed by scientific evidence and the Newspaper did not take much initiative to seek clarification from UNBS before publishing the story.

UNBS would like to assure the motorists and the general public that fuel in the market place meets our national standards as indicated above, and the stations that are found non-compliant are penalized within the existing legal framework. Our mobile monitoring teams are in the field full time to provide that assurance.                  

For more information, please contact Public Relations Officer Ms Barbara Kamusiime on 0752 300077

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