ACTING President Guy Scott says Government will in the next three weeks further reduce the price of fuel following the continued fall of the oil prices on the global market.
And Dr Scott said the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) is slowly gaining popularity in the North-Western Province.
Dr Scott said the old stock has not been finished hence the delay.
“The price of fuel is drastically changing and it is quite fundamental,” he said.
Dr Scott said this in an interview yesterday after touring the Solwezi fuel depot which Government is constructing at a total cost of US$34.5 million.
He said the project is an example of serious infrastructure development by government.
“Even if Indeni shut down, we would be assured of fuel supply for a month,” Dr Scott said.
And TAZAMA managing director Davison Thawethe said the 15,500-litre capacity fuel depot will be supplying to oil-marketing companies and the mines.
He said the depot, whose construction started in September 2013, will be ready for commissioning in March this year as 90 percent of the works have been done.
“We created 250 jobs during construction and 100 permanent jobs will be created once the structure has been handed over,” Mr Thawethe said.
Dr Scott later in the evening commissioned Kazomba Police Post where he told residents who had gathered that “Government will not abandon people of North-western Province where development is concerned.”
Earlier, Dr Scott said the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) is slowly gaining popularity in the North-Western Province.
He thanked the people of Solwezi for the support and urged party members to re-double their efforts but also refrain from violence even if provoked.
“Let us campaign vigorously even if it means swimming to where we are going,” Dr Scott said.
He said this on arrival at Solwezi Airport yesterday to inspect development projects and campaign for PF president Edgar Lungu.
Dr Scott said that all PF members should speak against violence during this campaign ahead of the January 20 election.
“Our party is against violence and we will not allow it in our campaigns,” he said.
Dr Scott said all parties must equally speak against violence because it has the potential to destroy a country as it can generate into war if not stopped.
“The police have to be more cautious and ensure that they have adequate manpower at events,” he said.
PF provincial chairperson Fabian Chiposo said the province is geared for the election.
Dr Scott later met eight chiefs at Solwezi Lodge.
After the closed-door meeting, Dr Scott said a good working relationship between government and chiefs is cardinal.
“We must work together with traditional leaders. We have had a small gap in the past but we are working on it,” Dr Scott said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional leaders, Chief Mumena expressed concern that Solwezi is not developed despite hosting many mining companies.
Chief Mumena said there is need for equal distribution of resources across the country so that all provinces develop at the same pace.
He also called for the quick enactment of the constitution so that the county can avoid wasting money in mid-term elections in the event of a president dying.
Chief Mumena also commended Dr Scott for maintaining peace during the transition period.
“We would like to thank you for the good leadership you have shown during this transition period and we the chiefs here are very happy with you,” he said.
Dr Scott is accompanied by Minister of Local Government and Housing Emmanuel Chenda and PF Secretary General Davies Chama.
He was received by North-Western Province permanent secretary Amos Malupenga.