Kaoma DC calls for calm among local transporters
Kaoma, July 4, ZANIS —– Kaoma District Commissioner Joster Manjolo has appealed to minibus and taxi drivers in the district to remain calm as government is working round the clock to avert the fuel shortages that has hit the district.
Mr Manjolo said this when he addressed irate minibus and taxi drivers that stormed his office this afternoon.
He said government has enough fuel in the country and that drivers should not panic as his office is making frantic efforts to ensure that before midnight fuel should be delivered in Kaoma district.
Mr Manjolo said the three days fuel shortages that has hit the district was due to the Heroes and Unity holidays as the Puma offices in Lusaka were closed.
He has since requested Kaoma PUMA filling station Site Manager Alex Mutuna to ensure that fuel stocks for the district are increased and delivered on time as it was servicing other districts which include Lukulu, Mitete, Nkeyema and Luampa.
Mr Manjolo said that the government’s stance is to ensure that fuel reaches the most rural parts of the country so that motorists and passengers do not suffer and remain stranded in the bush.
He said the shortage of fuel in the district at the only filling station has also paralyzed government operations.
And Kaoma district taxi and minibus representative Mombola Mombola complained that for the past three days, motorists and passengers faced transport challenges in the district.
Mr Mombola said he and his colleagues were feeling the pinch of work as the travelling public were on them and feared that if the fuel shortage continues, transport fares would probably go up in Kaoma and other surrounding areas.
And a check by ZANIS this afternoon found queues of vehicles waiting at the only Puma filling station in Kaoma.