Total Kalerwe fuel station has fired three workers for allegedly exposing the sale of contaminated diesel.
On September 25, workers at the station, which is under renovation, discovered leakages of diesel emanating from the ground and upon excavation of the place, it was established that a diesel pipe was leaking, causing the fuel to mix with water system underground.
According to a worker who preferred anonymity, they drained several jerrycans of contaminated diesel to dispose of.
“To our shock, the station owner, a one Sunilkumar Shingala, ordered us to pour it back into the main tank,” said a female worker.
According to the worker, the Total franchise operating procedures prohibit the act of adding fuel to the main tank if it is not done by their trucks.
“This not only lowers the standard of fuel but also endangers cars of clients who buy fuel from the station,” she said. “We are worried because several people who took diesel have returned complaining about engine faults.”
When The Observer visited the scene, some traces of diesel could be seen spilling over in the trenches of the road leading to Kalerwe. On his part, Shingala denied the allegations but told The Observer that anyone with a grievance should address it to him at the station.
When The Observer reached out to the area retail sales manager, she promised to send the number of the person in charge but by press time, she had not done so. Meanwhile, the Total regional sales manager declined to comment on the matter because he is not authorised to speak for the company.