Maputo — Mozambique’s publicly-owned fuel company Petromoc has blamed the owners of petrol pumps for the shortage of petrol earlier this week in the central city of Quelimane.
Belem Guerra, the Petromoc sales manager in Quelimane, cited in Thursday’s issue of the independent daily “O Pais”, said the filling stations had simply not planned their acquisitions properly.
Guerra said that Petromoc had sufficient stocks to supply Quelimane, and indeed the whole of Zambezia province, over the entire festive season. It had in stock 291 cubic metres of petrol, 348 cubic metres of diesel and 76 cubic metres of kerosene.
“So I can assure you that we were surprised when we heard the news that Quelimane city was running out of petrol”, he said.
The shortage began on Sunday, but the situation has now returned to normal, at least in those filling stations that buy their fuel from Petromoc.
Filling stations that depend on other suppliers still had no petrol on Wednesday.
“O Pais” notes that the Zambezia provincial government did not seem to be monitoring the situation. When the paper attempted to speak to the Provincial Director of Mineral Resources and Energy, Almeida Manhica, it found he was out of the city, and nobody in his office had any information on the petrol shortage.