TAZARA grounds to halt as PF blames Rupiah for fuel shortage

The government owned and funded PF mouth piece, ZNBC has confirmed the Watchdog story that there is fuel shortage in various parts on the country.

A senior government official told the state broadcaster that already the Tanzania-Zambia Railway line (TAZARA) has been grounded due to fuel shortage.

The Watchdog reported that crude oil importation deals entered by the PF government are finally being felt in various parts of the country through fuel shortages.

But the PF controlled Post newspaper qoutes Energy PS George Zulu as saying the shortage is due to the Rupiah Banda administration that had engaged IPG, a Kuwait company.

There are currently shortages in Solwezi, Chingola, Kabwe, Kapiri and other towns in Zambia where motorists have been queueing for Petrol and Diesel for many days.

 Recently President Michael Sata donated unplanned for 5 million litres of fuel to his friends in Malawian who are selling it for profit.

Sources in the Ministry of Energy have told the Watchdog that the situation is likely to worsen as the ship carrying crude oil imported by the PF government suppliers has not docked in Tanzanian port of Dar-es-Salaam forcing the Indeni plant to shut down the refinery on Monday.

The PF government is currently rationing fuel to selected oil marketing companies for the Zambia consumers and industries as they also have to fulfill the fuel promise to Malawi ‘within 90 days’.

Others in the energy sector have said that the PF government finds it profitable to import the commodity and resale it to other countries like Malawi.

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