Officials at Petroleum Importers Limited say up to K20 million worth of fuel went up in flames along with a tanker truck which was burnt to ashes on Wednesday in conflict zone of Mozambique.
A Malawian fuel tanker was among the three fuel tankers, two from Mozambique that was caught in cross fire between Renamo and Frelimo in an area between Honde and Banduza.
Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) general manager said the tanker was carrying petrol when it was caught in the cross fire.
“The petrol was worth K20 million. Details are still coming in but what we know is that we have lost one tanker in Mozambique. The tankers were coming from Beira with the fuel under full military escort,” he said.
Kadango said this was the same area where four Malawians were killed in cold blood when they were travelling from Malawi to Mozambique a few months ago.
Driver of the tanker, Haswell Sekani, 39 survived and returned home safely.
Sekani said he was “traumatised” to comment.
The skirmishes between government forces Frelimo and rebels Renamo have forced close to 12000 people from that country to seek asylum in Malawi and UNHCR officials say the figure is likely to go up as 250 Mozambicans are seeking asylum in Malawi every day.
Renamo leader Alfonso Dlakama went back into the bush after losing last year’s presidential polls to Frelimo candidate, alleging the poll was rigged.
The government of Malawi last week stopped the Football Association of Malawi from taking 36 Malawi National Team supporters for a game with Zimbabwe amid fears of insecurity in Mozambique.