Zambia in fuel crisis as president recovers from hospitalisation


Zambia faces acute fuel shortages at a time when the country’s President Edgar Lungu is recovering following a week of hospitalisation in South Africa.

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Reports emerging in the country suggest that fuel shortages have been experienced in the Kitwe and Mufulira districts.


A number of service stations have been without the commodity, this is believed to have led to long queues at some stations that have fuel.

The country’s energy minister, Christopher Yaluma said government planned to flood the market with more fuel to deal with the prevailing shortage.

According to reports, Yaluma added that government sees no reason for the continued shortages that are being experienced especially in Lusaka attributing the shortage in Lusaka to panic buying by motorists.

Zambia’s President Lungu was discharged from hospital in South Africa after undergoing surgery to correct a narrowing of the oesophagus.

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He travelled to South Africa after he collapsed at an International Women’s Day event in the Lusaka.

Lungu (58) won a by-election in late January after the death of President Michael Sata last October.