Court halts fuel station operations

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Kanungu Grade One Magistrate Ben Sande on Monday issued an injunction stopping Stabex Fuel Station operations for alleged breach of contract and non-compliance with the approved building plans from Kihiihi Town Council.

The fuel station proprietor, Mr Denis Kyarisiima, was on March 14 sued by Kihiihi Town Council that accused him of changing the approved name of the business from Kihiihi Fuel Station to Stabex Fuel Station without informing the town council authorities.

The town council also accused him of opening the station without constructing a toilet as had been agreed before the building plans were approved.

The town council applied to court seeking orders to close the station on account that it was affecting the surrounding communities.

On March 14, Kihiihi town clerk Jackson Byamukama swore an affidavit supporting the council’s application for an interim injunction against Mr Kyarisiima.

Mr Byamukama stated that the council entered into an agreement with Kyarisiima in 2011 for construction of Kihiihi Fuel Station but he later changed the name to Stabex, contrary to provisions of the Physical Planning Act 2010 and Public Health Act.

“To make matters worse, the defendant violated the laws governing the land resulting into a council resolution that was made in December 2016 under minute 52(vii) that his petrol station be closed with immediate effect but the defendant failed to adhere to the councils directive,” Mr Byamukama said in his affidavit.

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