Mumba Calls on PF to Help Luapula Fuel Shortages
The following statement was issued by Movement for Multiparty Democracy President Nevers Mumba:
Movement for Multiparty Democracy President Nevers Mumba has challenged the ruling Patriotic Front to immediately sort out the perpetual fuel shortages in Luapula Province.
Dr. Mumba who spent close to an hour waiting in queue at Amico filling Station, the only filling station with the commodity in Mansa said the PF Government should sort out the fuel crisis that has hit the province since 2012.
Dr Mumba said people are spending more time waiting in queue trying to fill up their cars instead of being productive.
He noted that it was hypocritical of the PF Government officials to continue subjecting people to long queues in search of fuel when they were the first people to line up with containers at filling stations whenever they was a shortage of the commodity when they were in opposition.
The MMD leader who freely mingled with other motorists as his entourage waited for their turn at the filling station said it was unacceptable for people to be spending hours at filling stations as if they do not have other things to do.
“If if you spend so much time wait in a line what time are you going to look for money if you are a taxi driver? Dr Mumba asked.
He noted that the crisis had gone on long enough hence government should come in and find a lasting solution to the perpetual fuel crisis not only in Mansa but other towns in Luapula province.
Dr. Mumba who is accompanied by party treasurer Mwansa Mbulakulima, Dr. Peter Machungwa, Luapula Province Provincial Chairlady Sophie Mwansa and her counterpart Malama Kapoloyo is en-route to Kawambwa to celebrate the Umutomboko traditional ceremony of the Lunda people.
Meanwhile, motorists in Mansa have complained that government has neglected them as the fuel crisis has been going on for too long while government has chosen to ignore their cries.
Taxi drivers who are the most affected and were seen mobbing the fuel attendant with containers said they are being forced to lineup with containers because it is quicker to be serviced.
They told the opposition leader to take the message to Lusaka and tell the President Michael Sata that they voted for change to make things better not to worsen things.