Zambia has imported 100, 000 tonnes of petrol this week to mitigate scenes of shortages recorded in the last few weeks following the shutdown of Indeni Petroleum Refinery.
But energy permanent secretary George Zulu is downplaying fears of the country’s economy being hurt by petrol shortages reported in some parts of the country.
“This economy runs on diesel and we have diesel to last for 10 days
and so the economic wheels will continue to run,” Zulu said.
“Indeni is expected to resume operations by the weekend, by which period, the diesel we have now will still be in stock, but of course this is not to say we are negating the importance of petrol. So, right now, we have imported 100, 000 tonnes of petrol coming out of Beira and Dar es Salaam,” Zulu explained.