The ruling PF has again today broken its campaign lies of reduced fuel prices and more money in people’s pockets after an immediate increase in the commodity effective mid-night tonight.
Energy Minister Yamfya Mukanga announced at a press briefing today that prices of diesel will increase by Kr1.63, petrol up by Kr1.75, and Kerosene will be up by Kr1.68 per litre from the current prices effective mid-night tonight.
The increase which was supposed to be effected last week but had to wait for Lukulu and Kapiri Mposhi by-elections, will immediately affect prices of most commodities in the country such as passenger transport fares, mealie meal, and other goods due to cost of production.
This increase also comes a few months before civil servants and other public workers received their increased salaries and conditions of service, a situation that will effectively wipe-out their increments.
Farmers across the country are also starting harvesting the little agriculture produce that survived poor farming in-puts and weather conditions in most parts of the country.
Zesco is also winding-up public hearings and will soon effect new electricity tarrifs.