The fuel shortage in Kasempa district in North-western province has continued for a consecutive third week, now.
The district has had less fuel supply as the only filling station in the area was shut after a court order barred Vuma Petroleum Company from operating from the premise.
Kasempa district council secretary Evert Ngandu confirmed to ZANIS in an interview that as a result , the district operations have grossly been affected due to closure of the filling station.
Mr Ngandu said the crisis has been compounded by a business partnership conflict that has arisen between two named companies claiming ownership of the filling station.
He said according to documentation at the council, one of the companies in question has the offer letter of land from the ministry of lands allowing them to operate from the premise.
It is alleged that the same company engaged Vuma Petroleum Company to operate the filling station but later the rival company claimed ownership of the land.
Meanwhile most residents have resolved to pack their vehicles because of the exorbitant prices of fuel on the black market where a litter is selling at K 15 and a 20 litter container is going at K300.
Last week provincial minister Danny Chingimbu called for the re-opening of the filling station while it sorts out the wrangle.