Lusaka may run out of fuel in the next few days if not hours, the Watchdog understands.
This is mainly because two major suppliers Sahara Energy and Dalbit are having problems supplying fuel because they have not been paid for previous stocks.
“There is still some diesel, but Petrol has already run out in Lusaka facilities, so service stations will also run out of petrol,’ a government source said.
According to government sources, Devon Petroleum Ltd, the company owned by State House political advisor Kaizer Zulu is the only one being paid to cash to supply fuel but has no capacity to meet demand.
Meanwhile, last week, Bus operators hiked passenger fares by more than 20%. The Road Transport and Safety Agency, and the Bus and Taxi Owners Association of Zambia tried to increase the bus fees by 22% because of the increase of the fuel price. After a meeting, they decided that bus fares would be increased from the 8th of October 2018 onwards.
The good news is that it was increased less for certain trips. The cost of some goods and services is bound to increase too. The agreed 22% is expected to cover the recently increased fuel prices.
The government expects all transporters to adhere to the rate consented. However, some transporters have not effected the new prices yet.