Mwense District has been hit by a shortage of pump fuel for over two weeks now.
And Mwense District has been cut off from receiving Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television signal.
Motorists complained to ZANIS in the area that the fuel shortage has left them with no option but to get the commodity in Mansa while others have resorted to buying from illegal fuel dealers. They said they are covering a distance of 218 km in order to buy fuel from Mansa a situation they described as sad and costly. And some heads of government departments, who sought anonymity said buying fuel from illegal fuel dealers is not safe and may lead to vehicles breaking down. They said some government projects have stalled due to lack of the commodity as workers are unable to move and carry out their activities. And when contacted for a comment, Spring Energy managing director, Davis Simukonde, said efforts are being made to resume the supply of fuel. Meanwhile, a check by ZANIS at the filling station discovered the absence of the commodity while workers were outside the station chatting.
Meanwhile, Mwense District has been cut off from receiving Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television signal. Mwense District Commissioner (DC) Victor Kasuba told ZANIS in the area that ZNBC transmitter has been blown off by the fluctuating power supply by Zesco, resulting into loss of the TV signal. Mr Kasuba said people in the area have been disadvantaged from following news, current affairs and the proceedings of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly which officially opened on Sunday. The DC added that lack of TV reception will leave Mwense residents ignorant about the developmental projects taking place countrywide. The visibly annoyed Mr Kasuba has appealed to ZAMTEL and ZNBC engineers to work on their systems as soon as possible. The DC has since demanded a new transmitter as a lasting solution to the problem, adding used ones do not last.