By Michael Kaluba
The fuel shortage that hit some parts of the Copperbelt Province over 3 weeks ago has persisted with Kitwe badly hit, a situation that has resulted in long queues at different filling stations that periodically has fuel available within the city.
A check by Phoenix News this morning in various parts of Kitwe revealed that at least 80 percent of the filling stations within the central business district and selected townships had no petrol.
The random check also revealed that only Engen filling station at ECL mall and ECO filling station in Buchi had the commodity by 8 o’clock while some filling stations that have in the past few days managed to stock fuel sporadically have run out within hours as Kitwe residents continue to scramble for fuel.
And the Kitwe Bus and Taxi Drivers Association has lamented the shortage of fuel in Kitwe especially that it is affecting the flow of business for public service vehicles.
Association Secretary, Jonathan Chileshe tells Phoenix News that the supply of the commodity in the city remains low and has implored government to quickly deal with factors that have led to the fuel crisis in the city.
Efforts to get a comment from Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa over this development proved futile by broadcast time as his mobile phone went unanswered.
PHOENIX FM NEWS