Indeni will continue shutting due to contaminated oil we imported – PF minister

Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has said that Indeni Refinery will face more closures arising from the contaminated oil feedstock that was bought by the PF government.

And Yaluma has said that the government cannot do anything to stop the increment of fuel because it was connected to the Kwacha which was weakening against the Dollar.

Yaluma told Parliament Tuesday afternoon that measures had been put in place to protect the equipment at Indeni from the contaminated feedstock but said there was no guarantee that there will be no further damage to the refinery.

‘ We will have continued shutdowns of Indeni arising from the feedstock at the same time we will continue to try to put in chemicals to flush in to try to shield our equipment from further corrosion but it is not guaranteed, we will definitely have shut downs here and there and other costs will be incurred ,’ said Yaluma.

Yaluma further said he was not sure if the feedstock was insured against contamination but stated that it was insured against fire while in transit and ship sinking.

And Yaluma has said that the government cannot do anything to stop the increment of fuel because it was connected to the Kwacha which was weakening against the Dollar.

Speaking when he featured on a local radio station in Lusaka, Yaluma said the Kwacha was weakening against the US Dollar which was strengthening hence the government cannot do anything to avoid further fuel increments if the Kwacha continues with its downward movement.

‘It was the performance of the Kwacha against the Dollar that dictated the increment,’ Yaluma said.

Yaluma claimed that the PF government did not ambush Zambians with the sudden increment of fuel because they should have read the indicators pointing to the increment.

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