Government has said that it should be given an opportunity to conclude talks with the two foreign firms Gunvor and Trafigura regarding a two-year contract for the supply of oil and refined fuel.
Energy minister Christopher Yaluma has said that government is not negotiating with the two companies on anything, not until they hand over oaths of their proceedings.
Mr. Yaluma said that once they are done, the matter will be presented to his office and a comment will be made.
On Monday, energy permanent secretary George Zulu disclosed that government was talking to Geneva-based Gunvor over the supply of 1.4 million tones of oil and Trafigura on the supply of diesel and petrol.
It is however alleged that the two oil companies government is planning to engage to supply of oil have been involved in corruption and unsound environmental practices, a matter that has made stakeholders to caution government against engaging the two companies.
Speaking to QFM News, Mr. Yaluma said that what is being done should not be pre-empted because government has not given a final report.