MOUNT Meru Petroleum has come under fire for allegedly providing misleading information on contaminated diesel sold to a customer in June this year.
Rodwell Shaputu, who was sold contaminated diesel, has challenged Mount Meru Petroleum to produce documented evidence indicating that he demanded for a new vehicle as indicated in the Press statement released by the petroleum company.
Mr Shaputu, whose motor vehicle is still packed at Toyota Zambia where it was taken for repairs after it developed a fault following the purchase of the alleged contaminated diesel from Mount Meru Filling Station opposite Libala Secondary School, said he had never asked for a new car.
Mr Shaputu on June 23 this year allegedly bought contaminated diesel from Mount Meru Filling Station after which his vehicle started emitting white smoke.
According to a letter to Mount Meru dated August 6, 2013 made available to the Sunday Times, Mr Shaputu requested for a new engine for his vehicle and not a new car as claimed by Mount Meru Petroleum.
He said, according to professional advice, a new engine was the surest way of putting his vehicle back on the road after it developed a fault due to the contaminated diesel he bought.
Mr Shaputu said it was shocking that Mount Meru had now changed its statement, adding that it was the fuel attendant who erroneously dispensed petrol in his vehicle and that it was Mount Meru that had maintained from the very beginning that it never sold him contaminated diesel.
"It is surprising that Mount Meru in a Press release is now changing to say that it was the petrol attendant who erroneously put petrol in my vehicle when from the very beginning of this issue they maintained that there was no contamination.
"In fact if that was the case we would not even have subjected the diesel to tests taken to the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) which showed that the diesel I bought was contaminated. It would have been a different case altogether," he said.
Mr Shaputu also said it was surprising that Mount Meru had stated that he only reported the contamination the following day when in fact it was done on the same day.
He further said it was unfortunate that Mount Meru had not been truthful in dealing with the issue from the very beginning, adding that it was sad that the petroleum company even went to the extent of producing fake fuel test results.
Mr Shaputu revealed that at one point the managing director even bragged that he was a well-known person and that he did not care where he (Mr Shaputu) took his case.
A Mr Mulengeshi from Mount Meru Petroleum declined to comment on the matter.