Commission pins Mbarara UNRA Station Manager in UGX 1.4Bn Fuel Fraud


In short
Arinaitwe confessed after it emerged that he used to draw more than 10,000 liters of fuel each month, which above the set credit limit.

 Asaph Arinaitwe, the Mbarara Station Engineer Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA has admitted entering into an agreement with Shell Malindi to receive payments for suspicious fuel withdraws from various up country pump fuel stations.

Arinaitwe made the confession while appearing before the Commission of Inquiry investigating into the affairs of UNRA chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

Arinaitwe confessed after it emerged that he used to draw more than 10,000 liters of fuel each month, which above the set credit limit.
Documents before the Commission show that while credit was taken from Shell Pump Stations in Mbarara, Ntungamo and Bushenyi, payment was made to Shell Malindi.
Arinaitwe said he entered into the credit arrangement with Shell Malindi, although it went against fuel card procedures laid down by UNRA headquarters.

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Commissioner Abraham Nkata put it to Arinaitwe that by withdrawing fuel on credit contrarily to the procedures of the fuel card usage he violated the PPDA Act.

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Some of the documents before the Commission show that although some Pump stations paid Shell Malindi millions of Shillings, there was no evidence supporting the payments and fuel consumption.
At the time when the payments were made to Shell Malindi in Mbarara, both the UNRA station there and weighbridge were consuming fuel from Total Uganda. However, Eng. Arinaitwe insists that the payments by cards were in respect of the fuel got on credit using the fuel orders he issued.

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The Commission has for the last three weeks been investigating Shell Uganda after it was singled out in connection to the loss of Shillings1.4 billion in the suspicious fuel consumptions, within a period of eight months in the 22 UNRA stations countrywide.

A number of UNRA officials, Shell Fuel dealers and Shell headquarter officials have since been implicated in the fraud, which is believed to have been going on since the operationalisation of the Authority in 2008.


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