GOVERNMENT should name and shame the people who attempted to manipulate oil prices during President Michael Sata’s funeral, UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo has said.
And Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu has said his organisation supports any mechanisms aimed at promoting transparency in the procurement and delivery of oil to Zambia.
Mr Nkombo said law enforcement agencies should immediately institute investigations into the irregularities involved in oil procurement to circumvent future recurrence of a fuel crisis in the country.
He said since citizens were not aware of the criminals President Lungu referred to as having attempted to manipulate fuel prices, the Head of State should tell Zambians the people involved in the clandestine oil dealings.
“President Edgar Lungu said he is aware of people who manipulated fuel price during president Sata’s funeral. We think that he should give us more details because we don’t know them,” Mr Nkombo said. And TIZ said Government should select a crude oil supplier or suppliers who are not only competitive in their prices but also have the necessary integrity in their business practice.
Mr Lungu said it was TIZ’s considered view that Government should assess the current companies managing the delivery of contractual obligations.
“We call for total transparency in these transactions and we would like the Government to make public all information related to such tender processes,” he said.
Mr Lungu said it was also imperative that all forms of political interference was stopped.