Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Minister Goodall Gondwe has said unless Malawi constructs fuel reserves, the country will continue experiencing the fuel crisis.
Gondwe told said government is applying all options to resolve the current fuel crisis but said he cannot indicate when the situation will normalise.
“We have the resources [finances] as far as this month and the rest of this year is concerned. I believe it is the same logistical problem I talked about last time [loading problem at Beira Port in Mozambique],” Gondwe told Malawi’s flagship daily, The Nation.
“We are working on a number of options and one will work out, but I cannot give a [time frame] on when the situation will normalise.”
Gondwe, meanwhile, snubbed a meeting called to explore ways of procuring and managing national fuel supplies in the country.
He was expected to attend and open jointly organised by the Economics Association of Malawi (ECAMA), Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), took place at Victoria Hotel in Blanttyre on Thursday but he was no show, disappointing participants.
The seminar dubbed ‘seminar on procuring and managing national fuel supplies; challenges and the way forward’ was instead opened byECAMA President Naomi Ngwira.
The countryu has started rationing fuel with 20 litres for vehicles and 10 litres for jerry cans.