Fuel shortage hits Lusaka

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Motorists queuing up for fuel on Chilumbulu Road on Monday

Motorists queuing up for fuel on Chilumbulu Road on Monday

Lusaka has been hit by shortage of fuel with only a few service stations in the capital with the commodity. A random check on Monday late afternoon found long queues in a few service stations that had the commodity.

But the Zambian Daily Mail reports that Government has assured that the country has adequate stocks of fuel both at the Ndola fuel terminal and Lusaka main depot and has attributed the current artificial shortage to logistical inadequacies on the part of oil marketing companies (OMCs).

And Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma says Government will systematically remove middlemen in the procurement process of fuel because this has contributed to high cost of the commodity.

The minister said in an interview yesterday that the current shortage of fuel in some parts of Lusaka is as a result of logistical problems that some OMCs are experiencing.

“I want to assure the country that the stocks of fuel are enough. In Lusaka, there are 300,000 litres of fuel while in Ndola we have 1.6 million litres of fuel,” he said.

Mr Yaluma said that a total of 11 trucks of fuel are offloading in Lusaka while 81 trucks have been dispatched from Dar es Salam in Tanzania.

He said there is no need to panic because Government has put in place necessary measures to address the shortage.
Mr Yaluma also said the inclusion of middlemen in procurement and distribution of fuel is unnecessarily increased in the price of fuel.
He said that the current shortage of fuel in some parts of Lusaka is as a result of the logistical problems which some OMCs are experiencing.

“I want to assure the country that the stocks of fuel are enough. In Lusaka, there are 300,000 litres of fuel while in Ndola we have 1.6 million litres of fuel,” he said.

Mr Yaluma said that a total of 11 trucks of fuel are offloading in Lusaka while 81 trucks have been dispatched from Dar es Salam in Tanzania.

He said that there is no need for people to panic because Government has put in place necessary measures to normalise the situation
A check by the Daily Mail at some service stations in Lusaka revealed that there was a shortage of fuel and fuel attendants were turning away motorists.

There was no fuel at Total Filling Station in Kalingalinga and Puma Filling Station at Manda Hill.
The situation was the same at Puma Filling Station in Longacres and Church Road filling stations on Church Road.

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