GOVERNMENT is looking for land for in Chipata District for the construction of state of the art fuel depot in Eastern Province.
Mines, Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister Charles Zulu said the move was aimed at ensuring that the country attains a uniform fuel pricing.
Mr Zulu requested the Chipata Municipal Council to assist the Government with the land for the construction of a fuel depot in the province.
“We are looking for the land for the construction of a fuel depot in Chipata District and you the Chipata Municipal Council provide us with the land so that the project can take place,” he said.
He said the Government was intending to constructs the similar depots in all the provincial centres as part of cushion the fuel shortage in the country.
The deputy minister was speaking when he graced the “Energy Week” in Chipata yesterday.
Mr Zulu also took a swipe at politicians who were politicising the current power deficit in the country.
He said Government was not sitting idle in the power shortage which was facing the country.
He said politicians should not politicise the power deficit because the problem had affected almost the entire region apart from Mozambique.
Mr Zulu said the similar problems were being faced in other countries stating that Government would import power from Mozambique in order to cushion the problem.
“The low water levels at Kariba North Bank are the biggest challenged. Politicians should not politicise the current low water levels,” he said.
Speaking earlier,Zesco regional manager Joseph Chilongo said it was critical for consumers to embrace the culture of energy affecting in the face of reduced power generation due to below natural rainfall received in the last rainy season.
Mr Chilongo said Zesco has constituted a crisis management team to educate and inform the customers on the power imbalance being experienced in the country.