Some political players schemes such as fuel shortages of essential commodities through various platforms as means of diverting the Zambian people’s attention from real national issues, says the Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.

He alleged that the opposition political parties have run out of ideas, hence were seeking sympathy from the members of public through unsubstantiated claims of shortages of essential goods through social platforms.

“These are politicians who are schemes shortages of essential goods on various platforms so that Zambians can waste their time listening to them, because they have run out of ideas,” Mr Mulenga said.

He said none of the political parties that were marketing themselves to the electorates had effective manifestos. Mr Mulenga said using social media as a platform to seek attention on baseless statement against the sitting Government without providing thorough checks and balances had misled many politicians.

“Those comments they get from the social media will never help them in anyway and this will result in some parties to lose because they think faceless platform contributors  will vote for them,” he said.

Mr Mulenga said it was a pity that some political players were claiming a shortage of fuel to drive anxiety in members of the public.

“Should Government identify scrupulous people wanting to connive with oil marketing companies to cause panic, they should be dealt,” he said.

Government has dismissed and rubbished the fuel shortage rumours circulating on social media.  Energy and Water Development permanent secretary Emeldah Chola said effect February 1,2016 the available national stock levels in the Government depots were 36 million litres for diesel which translated into 16 days of national consumption and 5.8 million litres for petrol translating into five days of national consumption.

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