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Lusambo apologises to Lusaka motorists

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Lusaka minister Bowman Lusambo, has apologised to motorists in the capital for the great inconvenience that the irregular supply of fuel has caused to drivers and the general traveling public.

He says as Head of Government in the Province, he has concluded a snap spot check of major service stations across Lusaka and concluded that the situation is not pleasant.

Lusambo addressed the motorists he found queued for petrol at a number of service stations and assured them the situation will soon be under control as 80 tankers have now arrived in Lusaka and are offloading.

He added that a further 36 are in transit and Total, Mount Meru, Spectra and Puma service stations will soon be overladen with petrol.

Lusambo writes;

As Head of Government in the Province, I wish to unreservedly apologise for the great inconvenience that the irregular supply of petrol has caused to motorists and the general traveling public.

I addressed the motorists I found queued for petrol at a number of service stations and assured them the situation will soon be under control as 80 tankers have now arrived in Lusaka and are offloading. A further 36 are in transit and Total, Mount Meru, Spectra and Puma service stations will soon be overladen with petrol.

The situation could have been averted had it not been for the selfish and unpatriotic motives of the Association of Tanker Drivers and the Oil Transporters Association.

As much as their demands for higher allocation of business could be justified, their actions are tantamount to economic sabotage which can never be condoned.

The Associations are attempting to hold government and the Zambian people to ransom which is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

I have had discussions with Association officials this morning who have regretted their actions and committed to releasing the drivers immediately to facilitate for smooth flow of petroleum products into the country.

It should be stated that government has always been supportive of the petroleum sub sector and is willing to listen to grievances of the drivers and other players in this important sector of the economy.

When I served as Copperbelt Minister, I facilitated engagements between State House and Ministry of Energy and the Association through their Representatives such as Rabson Malipenga, Bob Ndalama and Tembo to help formalize their work and it is therefore disheartening that the Association could today want to arm twist government by withholding fuel.

His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu runs a very efficient administration and it is diabolical that a group of drivers with ulterior motives wants to paint the government black.

I wish to sound a stern warning that government will not sit idly and watch selfish people sabotage the economy.

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