By Amore Kandoje

Once again, Malawi is experiencing a fuel shortage, which has resulted in long lines at gas stations throughout the country.

There is no fuel or a long line at a few fuel service stations in all cities, including the commercial city Blantyre and the nation’s capital Lilongwe, as drivers are trying to purchase the good.

However, the cost of operating public transportation has increased as a result of the fuel shortage.

The lack of foreign currency in Malawi, according to Fitina Khonje, spokesperson for the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), is to blame for the fuel shortage.

Since almost two years, there have been recurrent fuel shortages in the nation, with a lack of foreign currency as their primary cause.

On the black market, fuel is currently valued at MK5,000 per litre, up from MK1,780 per litre.

Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu said in August this year during another fuel crisis that the major challenge has been that Malawi is importing less fuel than it consuming because of a lack of forex.

“As of now, the fuel we are importing has been hovering around 41 million liters per month which is against the projected demand of 51 to 60 million liters per month,” said Kunkuyu.

President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance government has failed to find a lasting solution to fuel shortages after three years in power.

In August of this year, during another fuel crisis, Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu stated that Malawi’s main issue has been that it is importing less fuel than it is consuming due to a lack of foreign currency.

In contrast to the anticipated demand of 51 to 60 million liters per month, Kunkuyu stated, “As of now, the fuel we are importing has been hovering around 41 million liters per month.”

After three years in office, President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance administration has been unable to resolve the fuel shortage issue permanently.

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