Last week, residents of Mastya Village when they found kerosene freely flowing in their area from underground.
As a result, the Energy Ministry dispatched a technical team from Petroleum Supply Department to pick samples from the alleged wells and conduct an offsite survey.
The oil spill that
caused excitement in Kazinda Town Council, Ishaka in Bushenyi District last
week was a result of a leakage from one of the pump fuel stations, according to
the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. Last week, residents of Mastya
Village when they found kerosene freely flowing in their area from underground.
As a result, the Energy
Ministry dispatched a technical team from Petroleum Supply Department to pick
samples from the alleged wells and conduct an offsite survey. The team conducted
surveys at BAM, VIVO, Shell Kizinda and Jeruda pump fuel stations.
discovered a leakage from a 30,000-litre Kerosene tank at BAM Kizinda Filling
station. The filling station lost 8,000liters of Kerosene over two months. The company has pumped
the remaining fuel from the underground tank and hired a contractor to excavate the
The ministry says the owner of the outlet has confirmed the
anomaly, saying Manager neglected stock reconciliation for Kerosene whose
turnover is always low. Apollo Baimukye, the
proprietor of BAM Kazinda Filling station declined to comment on the findings and
instead referred our reporter to the Energy Ministry.
Vincent Kataate, the
Senior Bushenyi District Environment Officer said the clarification by the
Energy Ministry is a huge relief, saying people from different areas had
started rushing to Kizinda-Kigooma town council to buy plots of land with the hope
of cashing in on the new discovery.
He, however, explained that they decided to
remain silent since he is well aware that oil is mined in crude form before it
is refined to produce different oil products.
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Andrew Basiime, a resident of Mastya village, says that revelation by the
ministry is heartbreaking because they had hope of getting compensation money
from the government.