Kwekwe Total Service Station dragged to court for selling contaminated fuel

By Mariaan Rushwaya

Kwekwe Total Service Station has been dragged to court  for selling contaminated diesel this publication has learnt.

Documents in possession of this publication indicates that on 14 October this year the complainant Shakespeare Kunaka who is a Fuel quality Technician at Zimbabwe Regulatory Authority (ZERA) requested to inspect the diesel that was sold by the accused.

The service station agreed and flash point tests were done by the complainant on the diesel samples from the pump that was running, using ASTM D7094. The results revealed that the diesel that was being sold by the accused failed the flash point degree Celsius test, as it is registered 39.2 min instead of 57.0min.

The company’s director Farayi Muruwi  (49) represented Total.

Muruwi told the Kwekwe Magistrate Samukelisiwe Gumbo that he wasn’t aware that the diesel was contaminated because they do not have facilities to conduct the tests.

“Your worship l didn’t know that the fuel was contaminated because we do not have testing facilities,” said Muruwi.

The company had received a total of 11 000 litres of diesel from its suppliers and only 613 litres of diesel was left in the tank and the complainant sealed the tank meaning to say 10 837 litres of contaminated diesel were sold.

The complainant went on to conduct further tests where he took some samples to Standard Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) Harare. 

The samples that were taken for further testing failed the Flash Point degree Celcius, using CHM ASTM D93 method as it registered 36 0000 min instead of the 57.0 min confirming the first test that was done by the complainant.

The results from (ZERA) and (SAZ) were used as evidence in court.

“Your worship we have been receiving fuel in good supply for the past years but l don’t know what really went wrong with that particular one,” he said in his defence.

Muruwi was remanded out of custody and is expected back in court on the 27 November 2020 for the continuation of  trial.

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