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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Zambian Fuel Tanker Drivers do not want the Transportation of Jet Fuel to be in the hands of Foreigners

Headlines Zambian Fuel Tanker Drivers do not want the Transportation of Jet Fuel...

Zambian Fuel Tanker drivers, who have been on go-slow that has led to a fuel shortage in various parts of the country, have appealed to the government to consider making it a preserve of the local transporters to be transporting Jet A1 fuel into the country. The drivers have argued that it must be a security concern to allow foreign transporters to be transporting Jet A1 fuel to Zambia.

The drivers raised the issue when Transport and Communications Minister Hon Mutotwe Kafwaya met them in the industrial area, Lusaka on Saturday morning. The drivers have complained that despite the government signing the 50% volume allocation policy, foreign transporters are given the preference to load the fuel from Tanzania and Mozambique ports than local transporters.

Transport Minister Mr Kafwaya said he will deliver the message to President Edgar Lungu who sent him on a fact-finding mission, adding that in as much as the issue to do with fuel is not under his ministry but the Ministry of Energy, he will inform the Head of State on this proposal by the drivers.

“His Excellency President Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu sent me on a fact-finding mission. Yesterday I was in Ndola meeting your colleagues and today am here (in Lusaka) meeting you. And from the look of things, the issues are the same. We are talking about the implementation of the 50% allocation to local transporters. I can assure you that President Lungu will address this issue. On the issue of Jet Fuel A1, I can’t talk about it because it’s not under my ministry but I will deliver your message to the President,” he told the drivers.

“If President Lungu didn’t care about your issues, he would not have sent me here to engage you on issues affecting you. And I can assure you that all these issues you have raised, I will include them in my report which I will submit to the President during this same Easter holiday.”

And Maningi Bwakya, Tank driver said the biggest challenge affecting the drivers is the full implementation of the 50% volume allocation to local transporters.

“Then number two on the list Hon Minister is the issue of Jet A1 fuel. If you go to these other countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, Jet fuel is being transported by indigenous transporters. But it’s only here in Zambia where most of these drivers have never gone to any Airport to offload Jet fuel. And we believe this borders on security Hon Minister because we cannot be allowing foreigners to be bringing fuel which is even being used by the Republican President,” he submitted.

Transport Minister Addressing the Tank Drivers
Transport Minister Addressing the Tank Drivers

26 COMMENTS

  1. In as much as this is causing a huge inconvenience for us consumers, the drivers have a very important point. Go to RSA and try and get a load, you can’t never if you are a foreigner! On the security part, they are spot on too.

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  2. All points are valid before an election as that is the only time anything is done BY pF
    include salary increments as well AND danger money,
    you could aslo throw in you want your own tankers as enpowerment as done for the caders
    lets see how pF responds to this now

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  3. These are just paid upnd thugs. Hh is so desperate that he is paying people to create anarchy. We do not negotiate with thugs. Who are they to tell a government what to do. So you create shortage of fuel by being a chlkala, and then you demand that foreigners don’t transport. Fuseke

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  4. Since when have Zambian drivers protested where a Haulage contract is handed to? These protests are backed by the corrupt elite who feed off GRZ haulage contracts.

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  5. These are issues that should be addressed before the public is inconvenienced. The Minister in charge is worried because he doesn’t have a grade 12 certificate instead of concentrating on his work

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  6. The most classic adage regarding trolling is, “Don’t feed the trolls.” Trolls seek out emotional responses and find provocation amusing, so replying to them or attempting to debate them will only make them troll more. By ignoring a troll completely, they will likely become frustrated and go somewhere else on the internet.

    You SHOULD try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how POORLY they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re NOT worth your time of day.

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  7. I am sure even this minister has a haulage firm and that crowd must be full of PF cadres ….I mean where did they even advance permission to stage a protest from the Police and how come the minister had time to address them in his schedule….all this is planned. You have foreign middlemen buying the fuel for the country now you hear they want to use their haulage companies and not your corrupt GBM and Stable Transport. The biggest problem in Zambia is the flawed Procurement and Tender of fuel…no one wants to overhaul it as they corruptly benefit from it.

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  8. You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of the day.

  9. That’s what you get in a country managed by people who FAILED to manage their Grade 12 / Form 5 studies. Pathetic Failures. Bunch of clueless losers who don’t know wether they’re coming or going. We need to change for a better Zambia where Zambians come first. The Pathetic Failures have failed us.

  10. Nothing wrong with politicians playing a part in the transport business. You are busy wlplng backsides there abroad while here we are managing businesses. I would rather have zambians as business owners in this sector than have your whlte masters. We know you are good at licking your whlte masters saggy testicles because they are keeping you. You dogs. Go phuck yourself

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  11. We have said it time without number, that PF regime is incapable of doing anything sensible to the people of Zambia.

  12. Muna Dekhane – What do you expect from a Kakistocracy govt where the Minister of Energy does not have a full G12 certificate as he failed to make the grades.

  13. Bernard Chizinga – You should be asking your govt why they award contracts to shady foreign middlemen, instead of fighting over crumbs …they are happy to rip you off as its a corrupt tender process that benefits them

  14. F99lish Zambians. What is Indeni for? What is TAZAMA pipeline for? So now we are losing all the by-products that came from crude oil. We have to buy everything separately. There are 100s of other products from crude oil that now we have to buy. That’s why our manufacturing industries are dead. We don’t think. Even amanenekela for our roads. Why do you think we have a million potholes on each road? WE HAVE NO BITUMEN for our roads. Lungu is buying those products and using his trucks to move them to make his money. He killed railway system to make his trucks have business. Are you Zambians asleep?

  15. THE TROLL KEEPS ON ABOUT THE WHlTE MASTERS KIKI THEY LEFT US PLENTY ALL TO BE RUN DOWN
    NOW YOU HAVE CHANGE THEM FOR THE CHlNESE ONES WHO WILL LEAVE US PROBLEMS
    SO FOR YOU ITS A LOSE LOSE …………… WHY DONT YOU GARGLE WITH SOME HARPIC AS IT CLEANS DIRTY DRAINS

  16. Just watched a clip on ZWD, these drivers complaining to the Energy Minister without G12 certificate…..the drivers are wondering which youth were empowered with the 50 tankers Lazy Lungu bought, these thieves are doing the same thing they did with those Chinese buses putting a show for the cameras then after divide the goods among themselves.

  17. This is the time to get your things done as elections are near so they will listen to you with both ears. If it was any other time and even after August they will lock you up for economic sabotage.

  18. Razor – Who do you think employs these fuel truck drivers? You think these contracts are as simple as hauling bags of maize from a peasant farmer this is ERB fuel contracts awarded to big companies with paperwork.

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