GOVERNMENT must quickly investigate the involvement of politics in the current fuel shortages and prices because some oil marketing companies in the procurement and distribution chain are politically inclined, civil rights activist Brebner Changala.
Mr Changala said the current fuel shortage must be treated with urgency as it was only the beginning of what could grow into a huge problem with potential to disturb industrial operations in the country.
“Government must quickly react to this fuel shortage in Lusaka and get to the root cause of the problem before it spreads to other parts of the country.
“Especially knowing very well that there are cartels involved in the oil industry who could be conniving to destabilize the economy,” he said.
He said further investigations must be instituted to assess the involvement of Trafigura in the current fuel shortage, an international oil company that runs Puma, and is a major stakeholder in the delivery and distribution of fuel in Zambia.
He said an investigation must be launched immediately on what was causing the shortage when they (government) had enough stocks in the reservoirs.
Mr Changala said the Government must therefore urgently address the fuel shortage before it gets out of hand, and sort out the problem immediately. Energy Minister Yamfwa Mukanga was reported to have said there were enough stocks in the country at both Lusaka and Ndola depots, and that about 81 trucks were on their way from Tanzania to Indeni Refinery plant in Ndola.