No need to panic, the country has sufficient fuel stocks: MERA

By Chisomo F.C Phiri

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority ( MERA) has assured the general public that the country has sufficient fuel stocks and that people should not panic with the fuel shortages that have hit some fueling stations.

In the the statement dated September 29, 2021, the cooperate body says currently, there is a total of 22 million and million litres of Petrol and Diesel, respectively. These volumes translate into 28-days stock cover and 54-days stock cover for Petro and Diesel, respectively.

MERA further says, Authorities are making every effort to address the fuel stockouts experienced at some retail stations that have been caused by the drivers’ strike in protest to salary increment by their employees.
” MERA therefore would like to appeal to the general public to refrain from panic from fuel. Further more, fuel retail stations are reminded that hoarding of fuel is prohibited and MERA will apply stiff penalties to any retail station found to engage in such malpractice”, reads the statement in part.

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the filling stations across the country experienced fuel shortages amid a strike by truck drivers and fuel transporters who are demanding for their salary increments.