ERB WARNS ILLEGAL FUEL VENDORS OVER ARTIFICIAL SHORTAGE

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PETER SICHALI writes

@SunZambian

THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) will firmly deal with illegal fuel vendors and staff at some retail sites that are conniving to cause an artificial fuel shortage.

Public Relations Manager Kwali Mfuni has said there is an emergence of a black market for fuel in service areas who are taking advantage of the artificial shortage being compounded by speculative buying of fuel.

She said the probable connivance between illegal fuel dealers and some retail staff has resulted in artificial shortage of fuel.

“It has been observed that there is an emergence of a black market for fuel in service areas to take advantage of the artificial shortage being compounded by speculative buying of fuel,”Ms Mfuni said.

Ms Mfuni said ERB  shall deal with these practices as they are not only illegal but also inimcal to the public.

Ms Mfuni however said Government had put in place measures that would normalise fuel supply in all parts of the country.

She said fuel supply in all parts of the country will normalised between two and three weeks following measures that Government has put in place.

It has been noted that fuel supply has improved.

Ms Mfuni emphasised that despite the fuel supply challenges in some areas, selling of fuel to persons without authorised containers was illegal.

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