Chitipa fuel pump run dry for three weeks: Black market prices rise

There is a commotion in Chitipa the northern district of Malawi as motorist scrambled for fuel from the black markets as supplies of diesel and patrol at ran dry  for almost three weeks.

Black fuel market

Black fuel market

This comes amid the fuel price adjustment and fears of fresh fuel crisis.

Pumps at filling stations were dry and attendants were not sure when they would receive new supplies of the fuel that powers most public transport vehicles.

Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, Alick Mbukwa who is one of the transporters in the area said the development is affecting their business.

“This problem started after the President Peter Mutharika organized a rally here in the district and since then we are buying fuel from the black market,” said Mbukwa.

According to him  the situation is bringing public transport to a halt in the district.

Chitipa roads are littered with cars that have run out of fuel.

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