Energy regulator says news on fuel shortages in Zambia false


The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has described claims that there was fuel shortage in Zambia as a hoax, saying service stations that do not have the commodity are facing logistic challenges.

It had been alleged that some service stations in Lusaka had shutdown operations as they were unable to access the commodity following shortage of the commodity at TAZAMA.

When asked on what was going on, ERB Board Chairperson, Reynolds Bowa, said the rumours were false and Zambians should treat them as such.

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“To the best of my knowledge, the country has enough fuel and the stock was enough for the required consumption. Only a few service stations have ran out of petrol due to some logistical challenges.

“It is not true, to the best of my knowledge, there are few service stations that have run out of petrol but according to our statistics, the country still has adequate stock of petrol. Those who have run out of petrol have some logistical problems,” he told journalists in an interview on Friday.

Bowa expressed confidence that the few service stations that were facing challenges by now had resolved the issue.

He said TAZAMA had enough stock that could be accessed by all oil marketing companies.

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