Zambia's donated fuel continues to arrive

The five million litres of fuel Zambia donated to the forex and fuel starved Malawi to help facilitate funeral arrangements for late President Bingu wa Mutharika continues to arrive.

Tankers carrying Zambian fuel at the handover in Lilongwe

About fifty trucks are transporting the fuel and all the expenses will be met by Lusaka as a gesture of being a good neighbour.

A symbolic handover of the fuel was conducted Friday at the Memorial Tower in Lilongwe where the first six tracks arrived.

"Initially, we had dispatched seven tankers, each containing 35,000 litres, but one developed a problem at Chipata; hence, these six," said Zambian Deputy High Commissioner to Malawi, Henry Ngelazi.

"From Saturday, ten tankers will be coming to Malawi every day until we fulfill the promise that president Michael Sata made."

According to Malawi's Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Vera Chilewani, the fuel will be distributed to various filling stations across the country for sell to ease the current scarcity during this mourning period.

"We're particularly grateful to our Zambian brothers and sisters for the timely assistance-they've really proved that they're true friends, indeed," said Chilewani.

However both Chilewani and Ngelazi could not comment if the fuel was a donation or a loan but media reports in Zambia indicate that the fuel is a donation and that Lusaka will also foot all logistical expenses.

Malawi is currently facing an acute shortage of fuel disrupting service delivery in various places, including health centres.

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