$300 fine for selling contaminated fuel

MUTARE - A Chimanimani fuel trader has been slapped with a $300 fine for selling unleaded petrol and diesel laced with paraffin.

Luckson Jakata, 29, who runs Oilex Service Station at Chakohwa Business Centre, was convicted on his own plea of guilt to three counts when he appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura.

Jakata was fined $100 for operating a service station without a licence.

It was the State’s case that Jakata failed to produce a Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) licence when his service station was raided by Delight
Dabengwa, a Zera inspector on September 1.

His diesel was found to be contaminated with paraffin while the petrol was not blended with ethanol as required by the law. This emerged after Zera inspector Gladmore Rongai took fuel samples for testing on October 9 and 21.

Jakata told the court that he was operating with a council and Environmental Management Agency (Ema) licence and had no knowledge of Zera.

“I was not even aware of the existence of Zera and didn’t know I needed another licence outside of the council and Ema licences,” Jakata said.

Magistrate Chiundura said his failure to appraise himself on the statutory instruments regulating business made him liable to prosecution.

Jakata also said he had unknowingly been supplied with contaminated diesel and unblended petrol because he did not have the quality testing apparatus.

Chiundura said he must pay the fine otherwise a writ of execution would be drawn against his service station to recover the fine.

Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting.

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