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ZEMA accused denying Katete town a second filling station

Economy ZEMA accused denying Katete town a second filling station

Oasis Oil filling Station Katete Site Manager Morris Daka has accused the Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) of denying Katete a second filling station.

Mr. Daka told ZANIS in Katete yesterday that his company had for a long time been pushing for the construction of a filling station in Katete but that it faced many obstacles.

He pointed out that it was unfair for the people of Katete to be depending on one filling station for the supply of fuel in the district after 50 years of Zambia’s Independence.

Mr. Daka who has challenged ZEMA to give sufficient reasons as to why they should not permit the construction of Oasis Oil Filling station in Katete stated that his company has met all the conditions and obligations set by the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) and the environmental body itself.

He explained that his company has a certificate of authorization from the Eastern Planning Authority allowing them to construct the filling station in Katete adding that the ERB also agreed to the project but was waiting for authorization from ZEMA so that it could issue a certificate to the project.

He said at the beginning of the project ZEMA raised the issue of the location of a house belonging to a Mr. Edward Zulu that was close to the plot where the filling station was to be built.

Mr. Daka said after several meetings with Mr. Zulu and the District Commissioners office and the Council Secretary it was agreed that Oasis Oil Filling station buys another house for Mr. Zulu as compensation.

He added that going by the agreement from both parties Mr. Zulu was relocated after Oasis Oil Filling station bought him a house within the district worth K50 000.00.

He however expressed disappointed at ZEMA’s response today that has requested his company to appeal to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources if they were not happy with the response from ZEMA.

Mr. Daka stated that his company is frustrated and disappointed that some institutions mandated by government to give people a service was blocking the construction of a second filling station which has been the out-cry for the people of Katete.

He said his company is wondering how the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has come into play now after meeting all the conditions that where earlier stipulated.

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  1. This is the PF way of getting things done- appear in the newspapers, making the loudest noise and your filling station project will be approved by a dilligent council! Iwe Daka make those points before a full council meeting if you are serious enough! I applaud Katete District Council for not making brash decisions!
    However @ganja farmer- what has this article have to do with Petauke? Or you dont know the matter is in court?

  2. It is the owner of the only filling station in Katete trying to block you using ZEMA. The chap is very corrupt and pompous. Sort him out now. ZEMA give Daka a certificate of authorization. Don’t be corrupt.

  3. ZEMA is corrupt. We know some senior officers at ZEMA have been correupted by KAVULAMUNGU – the owners of the only filling station in Katete so that they do not allow a competitor. See how Islamic extremists have started taking control of Zambia. Slowly the moslems are taking charge without us realising. Recently a laptop containing top secrete Al Qaeda network was found in the hands of an Asian (mwenye), but the case did not go far. The OP are fully aware of this. Please let us watch out. There is an influx of moslems in Eastern province, most of whom come in containers and they connive with immigration staff to legalise their stay. They later get NRCs and passports. They are busy planning big evil. Remember, Chipata has the biggest Islamic university south of the Equator.

    • Don’t be a racist dull chap. You raise points that don’t make sense. If you have any evidence of either corruption or AlQaeda operatives, please report to the relevant authorities. If you are bitter because someone has made money & you haven’t or can’t, work hard, don’t just sit in Kapata & do nothing, get a life. Chipata Day gave you free education & you failed in life, whose fault is that. Go get a life!

  4. sort out them out.zambia is not for corrupt and selfish people.TRUE Even registration of eye specialists at professional health council is corrupted.flash out these lazy and un progressive elements as quickly as possible.

  5. So where is he going to locate the filling station in a small town like Katete on GER…if he was serious I’m sure ZEMA have given there reasons! !

  6. Before ZEMA rejects a project, they give reasons and Mr. Daka has not told us the reasons ZEMA has rejected his proposed filling station.

  7. The scenario is very straight forward. If the Oasis filling station was being denied permission because it was close to a residential property, then ZEMA should also close the current operating filling station as it is closely, very closely adjoined to both a house & a shop. ZEMA should come out clean & give proper reasons, not corrupt ones. Infact these Indians should leave rural towns as monopolistic trading is mostly done by the same Indians. ZEMA have no reason to hamper development, the filling station currently in operation has a very rude Indian who probably as someone pointed out came in a container, reason he can’t speak either English or Nyanja, a Zambian can be a manager. Also, many times it runs out of fuel, so put the people first rather than a few selfish, corrupt,…

  8. Certainly filling station proprietor has not met minimum environmental requirements. ZEMA is doing it for the sake of many Katete lives and the environment at large.

    The proprietor please stop misleading the nation

  9. Oasis should know why they have been referred to Ministry of Lands, the owners of the other filling station are close to both the current government & Wynter Kabimba. They have been greasing so you don’t open. ZEMA has given you fake excuses, the filling station that exists in Katete is about 1 metre from a house & shop, how does ZEMA not see that, where is ERB on this. Sort out the problem otherwise????

  10. imwe bantu, if Mr. Daka isnt happy with ZEMA’S decision. the Environmental Mgt Act of 2011 gives him powers to appeal to the Minister of environment. if not happy then he cam go to the high court. no need crying loudly.

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