Zambia asks Malawi to pay for the fuel President Sata donated towards Mutharika’s funeral
Malawi may have to pay for the five million litres of fuel President Michael Sata donated to help facilitate funeral arrangements for its late president Bingu wa Mutharika.
Earlier last week, Chief Secretary to Government Bright Msaka acknowledged the donation and issued a statement saying President Joyce Banda expressed her deep gratitude to Sata, the government and people of Zambia for the kind and generous donation.
However when speaking to the Malawian press when he made a symbolic presentation of the ‘donation’, Zambia’s Mines and Energy minister Christopher Yaluma said Malawi and Zambia will discuss the payment soon after the mourning period.
For the last two years Malawi has been facing serious economic problems, among them critical shortages of fuel which saw increased smuggling of the commodity from Chipata through the Mchinji border.