THE opening of a first filling station in Namwala will greatly save motorists in the area from depending on the black market for their fuel needs, says area Member of Parliament Moono Lubezhi
Ms Lubezhi said the station by Mount Meru would go a long way in curbing motorist’s dependency on the black market which has taken advantage of the situation for a long time.
She said that works on the filling station were progressing well and the project was expected to be completed in September as scheduled.
The opening of the station in the area would enhance efficiency and improve operations of Government departments in the district.
“Mount Meru is on site and they are saying by September they will be done. Currently, motorists are fetching their commodity from businessmen, who sell it in containers at higher prices.
“But the establishment of a filling station will help more people to access fuel locally, especially Government departments. This will ease the problem that the people here have been facing of having to look for fuel from the black market,” said Ms. Lubezhi
Namwala district has never had a filling station since independence with motorists being forced to buy the commodity from the flourishing black market at exorbitant prices.
Sometimes motorists are forced to drive to Choma, which is the nearest point with filling stations.
The district has a population of over 82,810 people and houses about 19 Government departments.