Every time there is fuel at Ndirande Total Filling Station, the name of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) keeps coming from motorists who queue for the scarce commodity because of the day-light corruption which takes place there.
“Where are the ACB officials to arrest these people here?” yelled one motorist who could not believe his eyes when he saw several hired young men offering money to fuel attendants to get the commodity with preference on Saturday and Monday.
A Chinese jumped the queue and drove to the pump. In no time, the aganyuyoung men surrounded him and demanded money from him if he wanted to get fuel as quickly as possible. He gave some folded K500 bank notes and in no time, he fueled his vehicle plus some fuel in jerry cans. He then drove away, our source said.
The source said as if that was not enough, some businessmen brought 200 litre drums and the fuel attendants ignored the vehicles and filled the drums to the annoyance of the helpless motorists.
“There is no order and control at this filling station and this is done deliberately. There is a lot of corruption going on here. People with minibuses here in Ndirande connive with the owner of the filling station and they pay money in advance for so many litres. The attendants usually tell us that the pump is broken or fuel is finished but come at night, those businesspeoplecome and fuel,” one irate customer said.
On Saturday, the ugly scenes took place in the presence of the manager of the filling station, a Miss Nkhonjera.
Nkhonjera could not stop the filling in of the drums and the exchange of money that was going on at the station.
The source said the hired young men always invade the fuel attendants and fill jerry cans for other people at K200 per jerry can. The fuel attendants, said the source, allow to be invaded so that they do not get exposed as they also collect money from the hired boys.
“We ask ACB people to come to this filling station and make arrests because people are not shamed and afraid of exchanging money in the name of buying fuel with special treatment,” the source said.