Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

1 January 2014

Zambia: Kasama Fuel Shortage Hits Three Months

The shortage of petrol in Kasama has persisted for more than three months and residents are now calling on Government to urgently find a lasting solution to the problem.

An on-the-spot check at filling stations here revealed that only the Total outlet operated by Olmac Limited had petrol yesterday.

The other filling stations which include Puma and Engen were deserted due to lack of petrol.

There was a long queue of vehicles at Total filling station with some motorists getting in line at 06:00 hours.

Some motorists and residents said that the only solution is to build more filling stations and a reserve tank.

Tercier Lukwesa, a taxi driver, said the shortage of petrol is adversely affecting their business because they are spending most of their time in queues.

Lukwesa said for the past three days, he has been waking up at 05:00 hours to buy petrol in time and avoid unnecessary congestion.

"If only the Government can build a reserve and two more filling stations, this problem will be solved," he said.

Lukwesa said a lot of people are buying vehicles and the current number of filling stations is not enough to cater for the increasing number.

Emmanuel Daka, a resident of Kasama, described the petrol situation in Kasama as pathetic, adding that it should be addressed immediately.

"We hope Government will hear our cries and do something about this pathetic fuel situation in Kasama," he said.

Another resident, Everest Chela, who is PF provincial secretary, said the three service stations cannot adequately service the ever-increasing numbers of vehicles.

Chela said more filling stations should be built.

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