Fuel shortage: ask Kabimba

RAINBOW Party president Wynter Kabimba is in a better position to know the corrupt officials in Government involved in the shortage of fuel, especially that he was mentioned in some oil deal saga when he was minister of Justice, Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has charged.

On Saturday, Mr Kabimba charged that the current fuel shortage had been caused by corrupt officials in Government.

Mr Kambwili, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services challenge Mr Kabimba to report to police Government officials he was alleging to be corrupt in the procurement of petroleum products which has resulted in the shortage of petrol.

He said this in an interview from the Copperbelt yesterday.

“If Mr Kabimba has information and knows the people who are corrupt, the best he can do is to report them to the police or come to us and tell us that this one is corrupt, he has done this and that other than just say people in government are corrupt.

“Maybe he is talking from experience…I remember very well that he was mentioned in some oil deal when he was a minister. Maybe he knows the people he was dealing with who had been in Government who are corrupt. We will be very grateful if he can give us those details. It seems he has a lot of experience in that area of corruption,” he said. Mr Kambwili said Mr Kabimba was welcome to supply information to Government so that the matter could be investigated.

On the assertions that the Government has not yet paid for feed stocks in Dar es Salam which had aggravated the shortage of fuel, Mr Kambwili said there was no way Government could fail to pay for the commodity.

This is despite Indeni Petroleum Refinery being shut for lack of feed-stock.

“I don’t have details on that one, but I don’t think Government can fail to pay for crude oil because it is priority number one in this country. That assertion is neither here nor there,” Mr Kambwili said.

The minister said he had travelled to the Copperbelt Province to check on the fuel situation at a number of oil marketing companies.  Zambia has been experiencing shortage of fuel for nearly a week but last week Minister of energy Christopher Yaluma assured the people that there were enough fuel stocks in the country. Mr Yaluma has also said Zambia has started receiving more fuel stocks to address the shortage being experienced in some parts of the country. He said about 29 trucks have already off-loaded fuel and more stocks will be received.

Mr. Yaluma explained that the shortage of petrol recorded in the past few days was as a result of the rise in demand for petrol.

He cited Lusaka where he said about 300, 000 litres of fuel is normally sold per day but over 700, 000 litres of fuel was sold yesterday. He added that some motorists have been forced to buy fuel in bulk because they anticipated a shortage.

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