Kachaje says truck drivers strike to affect fuel delivery

By Chisomo Phiri

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry Kachaje says the truck drivers strike will effect delivery of fuel in the country.

Kachaje told Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change on Tuesday that due to the strike, fuel tankers are stuck in the country’s borders.

The MERA CEO said it is however, difficult to bring in fuel but also distribute to filling stations due to the strike.


He added that tanker drivers are receiving threats from those staging the strike.

According to Kachaje, if the strike continues, the country should expect “fuel queues”.

He disclosed that there is currently 4.736 million litres of petrol in transit which will be able to cover 5.6 days and that there is also 3.307 million litres of diesel coming which will cover 4 days.

Malawi requires $60 million (about K60 billion) per month to meet the fuel demand but on average $40 million (about K40 billion) is what is accessed per month.

In some months the country is only able to secure $20 million for fuel imports.

As of Friday last week, the country had 3.590 million litres of petrol which can cover 4.2 days. Diesel was 6.791 million litres covering 8.1 days.

The truck drivers are staging the strike demanding for their salaries increase and working conditions improvement.