MINES, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma have said Government is doing everything possible to satisfy the market by the available stocks of fuel in the country.
Mr Yaluma said when he appeared on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Sunday Interview programme that the Government was working hard to ensure Indeni and Lusaka depots does not run out of stock.
He explained that since the Patriotic Front (PF) took over the Government, the country had never run out of fuel because stocks were always available at the depots.
He said the country had never had shortage of fuel which had crippled the business.
“Let me put on this way, we haven’t been crippled, we haven’t run out of fuel, we can substantiate that are satisfying the markets because the opening balance remains in the tanks,” the minister said.
He said the Government had responded favourably to the market adding insisting that there were enough stocks of fuel in the depots when the country was reported to have no fuel.
He said when the country had been reported to have no fuel on March 9th, contrary the country had enough fuel in stocks saying the shortage was blown out of context by people.
He said the Government was finding ways and means in ensuring that fuel was at normal level in the country.
He assured the people to remain calm as the Government was doing everything possible to clear the fuel stocks in the docked ship.
Mr Yaluma said the fuel in the docked ship would be in the country soon as part of satisfying the market.
The minister also said the Government had no intention of increasing the fuel price as the result of slipping kwacha.
The prices of crude oil on the international market has fallen to its one-month low of around US$54 a barrel.
He said the Government had not denied looking at other options in the suppliers of fuel adding that the Government was looking at the suppliers of fuel critically.