Letter to the Editor

Transporters should help to avoid fuel crisis

Dear editor,
I STRONGLY appeal to the Petroleum Transporters Association of Zambia (PTAZ) secretary-general Benson Tembo not to compel members of his organisation to defy Tanzania’s new Vehicle Load Control Act, which came into effect on January 1, 2019, or influence them to take it upon themselves by not only blocking Tanzanian tankers, but also parking theirs at the border and create a fuel crisis in Zambia.
If Mr Tembo does, he will plunge our country into a fuel crisis, which would be far worse than the senseless fuel crisis which the country experienced a few months ago when Zambian tanker drivers decided to effect a work stoppage and parked their vehicles.
Mr Tembo must therefore be level-headed while officials at the Zambian Ministry of Transport and Communication, together with their counterparts at the Ministry of Energy, look into PTAZ’s concerns.
It is therefore imperative that the Zambia-Tanzania Railway Authority (TAZARA) should seriously think of diversifying into fuel transportation and participate in the haulage of the over 500 million litres, which the Zambian government imports via Tanzania every year.
MUBANGA LUCHEMBE
Lusaka

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