This came to light when Mines, Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary George Zulu meet member of the petroleum association during a meeting held at Tazama Pipeline Company in Ndola
President Michael Sata recently donated five million litres of fuel to Malawi for the funeral of that country’s former president Bingu Mutahrika. But controversy has emerged whether the oil is really a donation or will be paid for considering the high value of the oil perked at USD $5 million.
But Zulu maintained that the oil was a donation and urged transporters to be reasonable in the manner they would charge government to transport the fuel to Malawi as this was a donation.
Zulu continued senselessly that it was the policy of the Patriotic Front (PF) government not to deprive Zambians of jobs but empower them economically.
He said this was the more reason he had to travel to Ndola to meet the transporters because the exercise was urgent and has to start immediately.
Zulu thanked the transported for having agreed to settle on the US$150 and that government will put in place logistics to start the exercise immediately.
He also called on TAZAMA to prioritise the tankers that will ferry fuel to Malawi so that there are no delays.
And speaking earlier, PTAZ president Martin Nkomesha said the reason for calling the meeting was discuss what government was offering and how best the fuel can be handled by the transporters.
He said much as transporters were willing to assist government to ferry the fuel, it was important that certain issues were considered.
Nkomesha cited the issues as insurance of the fuel and trucks, toll gate and border costs
He said if government could address the issues, it would be easy for transporters to haul the fuel on time.
He said his organisation was ready to dispatch 50 trucks for the exercise and assured that the fuel would be ferried at the price of US$150 per metric tonnes.