A fuel shortage has hit Lusaka with several filling stations going without the commodity since Saturday, it has been learnt.
Some Lusaka motorists expressed concern over the looming shortage and wondered what could be behind the scarcity of fuel around the city.
During a snap survey by the Daily Nation yesterday, some motorists were found moving from one filling station to another in search of fuel. Long queues of vehicles were found at some filling stations.
Some filing stations including those at Longacres, Chaisa, Emmasdale and Kalingalinga had completely run out of fuel while some after being dry throughout the weekend had received stocks by yesterday.
Sidney Mulopa of Emmasdale complained that filling stations in his area had no fuel since Saturday forcing motorists to drive into town for the commodity.
“There was no fuel in Emmasdale from filling stations on Kabwe Road and I was forced to drive all the way to Impala Service station in town. And somebody called me from Kafue to tell me that there was no fuel tin that town too,” Mr. Mulopa said.
He explained that some filing stations were already showing signs of desperation with queues of vehicles, thereby heralding a serious fuel shortage in the nearest future.
And a truck driver from the Copperbelt also expressed fears of an impending serious fuel shortage. He said some filling stations in Kabwe and Chibombo areas on the Great North Road has already run out of the commodity
Francis Musonda said there was no fuel in the filing stations at Chibombo and the surrounding areas forcing many motorists to resort to black market supplies which had ample supplies.