President Lungu institutes criminal proceedings in fuel shortage

Fuel pump price

President Edgar Lungu has instituted criminal and administrative proceedings into the cause of the fuel shortage in some parts of the country.

The President has accused some individuals of deliberately sabotaging fuel supply for purposes of financial and political gain.

Acting chief government spokesperson Vincent Mwale has told Journalists that President Lungu has warned that he has taken note of schemes by some people to disrupt the fuel supply chain so that they can profit from the ensuing crisis.

The Head of State said that he has involved all necessary government departments and agencies to investigate and bring to an end the fuel shortage in selected parts of the country.

President Lungu said this during a cabinet meeting he chaired at statehouse on Monday.

President Lungu has expressed regret that during the transition following the death of President Michael Sata, some individuals conspired to fix the price of fuel more than what was obtaining on the market.

President Lungu has also tasked government agencies to check and report to him on daily basis on the matter.

And Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili, who is also chief government spokesperson, on Monday directed Indeni and Tazama companies to beef up fuel stocks in the country.