Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pangas, knives at Malawi's filling stations

There was chaos at Blantyre BP Filling Station today when two minibus drivers hacked each other over fuel.
This has become a common sight in Malawi, now faced with an economy-breaking fuel crisis with no end in sight. Officials keep shifting dates on when the problem will come to an end, with both the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) and Ministry of Mines, Energy and Natural Resources shifting posts.
They earlier promised to end the problem last Saturday; it is now Sunday and there is no easing to the problems.
Most car owners are now sleeping at Filling stations in Malawi's worst fuel crisis.
Yesterday, a tanker carrying Paraffin overturned in Blantyre's Bangwe township and police officers could only watch as people scrambled for the light giving commodity. The tanker was carrying 30, 000 litres of Paraffin.

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