Development projects cause fuel shortage in Mongu

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-Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba has bemoaned the erratic fuel supply in Mongu district.

Mr. Liomba said the district has been having challenges with supply of fuel which he attributed to having many projects being undertaken in the district.

He explained that the district has many contractors working on different projects such as road construction noting that all the respective contractors draw their fuel from the few filling stations dotted around Mongu.

Mr. Liomba said the situation has led to the increase in demand for fuel in the district against the few filling stations available in the provincial capital.

He said this when Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary in charge of Water and Energy Charity Mwansa paid a courtesy call on the Provincial Minister’ office.

Mr. Liomba has since called on the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development to intervene in the matter and also ensure that more filling stations are constructed in all districts that do not have service stations such as Kalabo and Shangombo.

And Ms. Mwansa said plans were underway to construct filling stations in rural districts around the country.

Over the fuel problems in Mongu, Ms. Mwansa said her Ministry will find a way of resolving the challenges that were being faced by motorists in the district.

Meanwhile, Ms. Mwansa has called on the provincial administration to be monitoring the projects that were being undertaken by her ministry since there is no office in charge of energy in the province.

She said it will be easier for the provincial administration to monitor the projects and ensure that they are successfully implemented because they are on the ground.

The Permanent Secretary is in Western Province to check on the state of the windmills which were recently installed in some schools and health centres for pumping of water.