DEPUTY Minister of Energy and Water Development Charles Zulu has called on fuel tanker drivers at Tanzania Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) to resume work to avoid a fuel shortage in Lusaka as a result of the work stoppage following the killing of their colleague on Tuesday.
Mr Zulu said in an interview yesterday at the TAZAMA pipeline depot in Lusaka that he went there to address the drivers so that he could hear their concerns but they refused to meet him.
“We are trying to negotiate with the drivers to go back to work. I met them in the morning but they insisted that they want to see the ministers of Labour and Home Affairs, but unfortunately they are not with me,” he said.
Mr Zulu, who was flanked by Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga, expressed concern that failure by the drivers to transport fuel could result in filling stations around the city running out of fuel.
“My worry is that all these filling stations may dry up and that is unac-ceptable when we have fuel stock for 17 to 18 days,” he said