Fuel Shortage Controlled, Motorists Rejoice
A FUEL shortage which had hit most parts of Lusaka has ended.
Fuel tankers rolled out of fuel depots on Friday night and yesterday to deliver petrol and diesel to filling stations that had run out of stocks.
The shortage was caused by a strike by tanker drivers who were protesting the gunning down of their colleague who was allegedly stealing fuel.
Random checks by Sunday Mail at filling stations revealed shortened queues of motorists waiting patiently for their turn to buy the commodity. On Friday night, the queues were much longer.
Most filling stations on the Great East Road had fuel as early as 07:00 hours while some fuel tankers were found off-loading the commodity.
Motorists, who had earlier been frustrated about the shortage, were eventually relieved that they were able to buy fuel.
They were also relieved that the fuel tanker drivers had called off their protest.
By press time yesterday, queues at most filling stations had cleared as motorists were buying the commodity normally.