Authorities and residents in Wakiso District have raised concerns over the unregulated
fuel stations cropping up in the area.
Currently, the areas of Kyengera Town Council, Nansana Municipality and Wakiso
Sub Counties are experiencing an influx of fuel stations constructed along the
gateway to the city.
The influx comes at the time when Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA sets to
regulate the countless number and proximity of fuel stations in the city.
Peter Kauju, KCCA spokesperson, says that the authority has halted issuing any
new licenses for fuel operators within the city and also don’t intend to renew
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Zamu Kyeyune, councillor representing Nabweru, says many of the fuel stations being
set up in the area are violating several regulations.
“Another concern is over the proximity of these fuel stations.
They being set up too close to each other and too close amid the residential areas
which is also against the regulations,” Kyeyune says.
According to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) guidelines, a fuel
station must be located at least 1,000 metres away from another. However, Just
in Nansana Municipality over 10 fuel stations are currently being constructed adding
to the existing ones.
Alex Kamya, resident of Nansansa, argues that most of these fuel
stations have been set up in eco-sensitive areas such as wetlands risking water
“Authorities should handle the matter before it becomes worse,
many people use the water from these wetlands in Wakiso more so Lubigi but it is
now exposed to pollution. With time this might turn into a disaster. “says
Different research published in the Journal of Environmental
Management, indicate that fuel stations poses high threats for water and air
pollution by emissions stemming from evaporated vehicle fuels. This includes un-burnt
fuel from fuel loading and unloading operations, refuelling and liquid
However, some authorities of Wakiso Sub County and Kyengera Town Council have blamed
the problem to Ministry of Energy which licenses the fuel stations.
The director of the Directorate of Petroleum at the Energy Ministry Honey
Malinga says although the ministry is mandated to license the fuel stations,
they depend on several requirements among which are approvals from the local
“Many people have always raised these concerns, which are actually genuine, but
the blame shouldn’t be put on the Ministry. The ministry issues the license
after accessing documents submitted including building plans from local
government and environment impact assessment from NEMA,” says Malinga
The Nansana Municipal Town Clerk Jimmy Ambrose Atwoko says that the
municipality is trying to forge a way forward in the wake of increasing demand
for operating licenses for fuel stations.
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However, Jude Mark Bukenya the Wakiso Deputy Chief Administrative Officer says
that sometimes they have nothing to do because many of the fuel stations are
owned by high profile individuals.
“As much as we would like to enforce the regulations to the dot, some of these
fuel stations are owned by ‘big’ people who influence the processes like the
environment impact assessment among others,” says Bukenya
He, however, adds that amid the said challenge they are willing to look into
the matter and are planning to meet the lower administrative