Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary George Zulu says those condemning government’s donation of fuel to Malawi are not Africans.
Flagging off the first consignment of the 5 million litres of fuel to Malawi yesterday, Zulu said the fuel was 100% free, against reports that the Malawian government would pay for it.
“This is a donation to the funeral in the same way that Zambia has always assisted its neighbours. So, those criticising this gesture are not Africans.”
He said the fuel problems in Malawi were real. Malawi, which consumes one million litres of fuel on a daily basis, has been facing serious economic problems.
“Diplomats cross over to Chipata to buy fuel but we thought the ordinary people cannot manage. So we decide to assist them with this fuel to use during the time they are mourning their leader,” Zulu said. “In an African setup, we help our neighbours when they are in grief.”
And Yaluma said the three million litres of fuel Zambia was donating was “peanuts”.
“The fuel consumption per month in Malawi is 33 million litres. So this fuel will be finished in three days,” he said.
Exclusive to Zambia Reports