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Mera shuts Total Lilongwe service station

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Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) on Tuesday closed a Total service station in Lilongwe City Centre along the Independence Drive for alleged supply of contaminated diesel.

Sources, who did not want to be named, said the development follows complaints among motorists whose vehicles developed faults after refueling at the station.

They further indicated this is not the first time the station has been closed on account of suspected fuel contamination.

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Mera Spokesperson, Fitina Khonje, said samples of the fuel have been sent to Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) for tests.

“It is true, Mera received reports of suspected diesel contamination that has affected some vehicles and we have collected samples. They have been sent to MBS for tests.

“The procedure is to temporarily close the station, get samples tested and the results dictate what should be done,” Khonje said.

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She added that they have closed the service station to protect consumers.

“You will also understand that the closure means loss of business (for the owner) and it is in their interest to rectify the problem,” Khonje added.

When contacted, Total Malawi Communications Officer, Kondwani Matupa, asked for more time to consult the company’s Managing Director.

He later called to say he had “No comment.”

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