BP filling station in Mpika which is the sole fuel supplier in the area at the moment has said it will only be allowing motorists purchase 50 litres of fuel to accommodate more people.
Speaking after receiving a road tanker today, BP representative told hundreds of motorists who had queued for fuel that he would not entertain bulk buying as it would disadvantage others.
“I am sorry to say that as BP filling station to be fair we will only sell 50 litres of fuel each because we want to accommodate as many motorists as possible,” stated the representative.
Mpika district has been without fuel for almost one month forcing several minibus and taxi operators to travel to Kasama and Serenje to acquire the commodity, while others risk their vehicles by buying from illegal fuel dealers at an exorbitant price.
Illegal fuel vendors sell diesel between 130,000 and 150,000 per 20 litres while petrol is sold between 15000 and 20,000 kwacha per litre.