Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa
Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa

Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa says there will be no increase in fuel pump prices before the procurement of the next consignment of crude.

Mr Nkhuwa has however, stated that the next consignment of crude oil the country will procure will be more expensive given the surge in global prices.

He says government has nevertheless been looking at making adjustments to the fuel pump prices owing to the depreciation of the Kwacha.

Speaking to journalists in Lusaka, Mr. Nkhuwa says given the persistent Middle East conflict, government is now considering alternative sources of fuel.

He says government is looking at introducing biodiesel, and that soon Indeni Oil Refinery will start accepting ethane for processing.

Mr Nkhuwa states that this is in order that the Country could have at least 10 percent of the fuel demand sourced locally.

Meanwhile Mr. Nkhuwa says Zambia now has an on-grid power deficit of over 700 Megawatts.

Opening a Swedish Embassy sponsored 3 days workshop on the design of the second round of the Beyond Grid Fund, Mr Nkhuwa has disclosed that the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) will soon start receiving submissions on electricity tariffs once Cabinet approves the proposed increment.

And Swedish Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Karin Sverkén has disclosed that in the over 2 years that the Beyond Grid Fund has been in operation, more than 750 households have had access to electricity services in all the provinces of Zambia.

Ms. Sverkén says those that have accessed the electricity services include those in the wetlands such as Bangweulu where people now have solar power systems in their homes.

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  1. PF MENTALITY – THERE WON’T BE ANY LOAD SHEDDING AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW.- THE LOAD SHEDDING HAS INCREASED AND THERE WILL BE FURTHER INCREASES DUE TO WATER LEVELS GOING DOWN FASTER – THIS IS ALL DUE TO MISMANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES AND NOW WE THE CITIZENS HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE DUE TO INCREASE IN ZESCO TARIFFS. OIL PRICES ARE GOING UP EVERY DAY YET THE PF SAYS THERE WON’T BE AN INCREASE IN FUEL PRICES – THIS IS ANOTHER LIE UNLESS THEY ARE GOING TO HEAVILY SUBSIDISE FUEL IN ORDER TO WIN ELECTIONS.

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  2. I THINK THIS ARTICLE SHOULD READ “”WE ARE NOT INCREASING FUEL AND ELECTRICITY JUST YET BUT PREPARE FOR THE INCREASE””

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  3. THIS PRO POOR GOVERNMENT REALLY DOESN’T THINK ABOUT THE POOR DO THEY???? YOU ANNOUNCED INCREASE IN SALARIES HAVE YOU BOTHERED TO FOLLOW UP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO SEE IF THEY HAVE INCREASED SALARIES? TO THE VERY LEAST YOU YOURSELVES INCREASE AND ALSO PAY PEOPLE THEIR DUES ON TIME SET THE PASE. IF YOU TEMPER WITH EITHER ELECTRICITY OR FUEL EVERYTHING BECOMES EXPENSIVE. BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BUY THE NEXT CONSIGNMENT NEXT WEEK OR PARLIAMENT MIGHT FINISH WITH YOUR PROPOSAL THIS WEEK BUT ARE YOUR PEOPLE READY FOR IT? YOU KNOW IN ADVANCE TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS AS IT IS 115K FOR MEALIE MEAL IS PRESSURE FOR THE AVERAGE ZAMBIAN.

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  4. The crop of pf leaders leave alot to be desired. These guys think they are talking to their dull kids. Only a hyena can believe this. Meanwhile my white wife has been asking me why zambians dip bread in their tea when eating. You people what should I answer?

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    • @N.ee.eZ: upnd strategist.
      Try also asking your white wife why Indians eat rice with their hands instead of using spoons or forks. I think no one should force anyone to eat in a particular way. I think Each one eats according to the way they think food will be enjoyed. For Example, I cannot enjoy eating noodles with sticks the way the Chinese and Koreans enjoy them. It will be difficult for me. so either I will use a fork or spoon because that’s what I want and that’s how I will enjoy it period.

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  5. ZAMBIANS LETS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THIS GOVERNMENT, EVERYTHING THE ARE DOING IS NOT AFFECTING ANY OF THEM BUT AFFECTING US ORDINARY ZAMBIAN, IF FUEL IS INCREASE OTHER THINGS ALSO AUTOMATICALLY INCREASE SUCH AS MEALIE MEAL, TRANSPORT. PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA THIS IS TOO MUCH. LETS STAND FOR OUR COUNTRY, THIS IS TOO MUCH.

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  6. @Nee.ee.ez
    Iwe, don’t tell lies. Abasungu they also dip bread in tea. Abasungu balikupukula sana ci kanga ulye na mafi yabo. You a are a disgrace you chimp,

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  7. FUEL PRICES ARE GOING UP WORLD WIDE NO ARGUMENT THERE BUT GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT WHEN THEY FINALLY INCREASE THE PUMP PRICE OF FUEL IT’S PEOPLE WON’T SUFFER AS MUCH BECAUSE OF COST OF LIVING. EXAMPLE FUEL GOES UP PRICE OF DELIVERY AND PRODUCTION OF MAIZE GOES UP WITH THAT MEALIE MEAL BUT THE AVERAGE CITIZEN IS STILL GETTING THE OLD BASIC SALARY OF K700. THAT’S A COUNTRY IN CRISIS BECAUSE CRIME GOES UP. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THE CUSHION IS THERE WHEN INEVITABLE CHANGE COMES. ZAMBIA FOR ZAMBIANS

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  8. pro poor……………. climate change……………….tribalism v patriotism…………………………. lies v truth…………… Zambia the real Africa…………………….. poor v rich…………….. sing a song v treason………………… ask kanene

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  9. Cheap fuel from Saudi Arabia, only for lying P.F Fisi’s -(Hyena’s) to say it was true, we got cheap Saudi oil, but it only lasted for 6hrs.
    WHEN A P.F GOON OFFICIALS LIPS BEGIN TO MOVE, JUST KNOW A LIE IS POURING OUT OF THOSE CORRUPT LIPS!

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