Authorities in Kasempa have constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the fuel shortage in the district following the closure of Vuma filling station two months ago.
Kasempa district has had no fuel for two months now as the only service station was closed through a court order, a situation that has paralysed operations for both Government and private institutions.
During a meeting for heads of Government departments, it was unanimously agreed that a committee be formed to investigate and ascertain the true owners of the only service station and ensure that the commodity was supplied to the district.
Kasempa district administrative officer Kelvin Ndandanda revealed that fuel vendors have taken advantage of the closure of the filling station to start manipulating residents by charging exorbitant prices.
‘’As I am speaking, a five litre container of diesel is being sold at K90, so how do we survive? That’s why we decided as a district administration to come up with a committee to specifically look into the issue of fuel in the district,” Mr Ndandanda said.
He said with the current shortage of fuel, people in the district were being exploited.
“The situation is not pleasing at all, because people are not paying the normal amount. For example from town centre to Mukinge hospital the fares were K5 but now people are paying double the amount,” Mr Ndandanda said.
He however appealed to the public not to panic as the situation would normalise soon.