The fuel supply situation in the country is expected to improve, Minister of Information and Digitilisation Moses Kunkuyu, disclosed this at a press briefing held in Lilongwe on Wednesday, 16 August, 2023. He said increased utilisation of rail transport will enable the transportation of high volumes of fuel.

Minister of Information and MERA CEO addressing the nation on the fuel situation in the country
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The Minister has since urged Malawians to remain calm and avoid panic buying of fuel. He also warned against spreading false information that could create unnecessary anxiety among the people. The Minister emphasised that government is making every effort to reduce fuel supply constraints caused by shortage of foreign exchange. Speaking at the same press conference, the Chief Executive Officer of the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), Henry Kachaje, warned against the illegal selling of fuel on black market, citing that those caught in the act will face the long arm of the law. He encouraged Malawians to report illegal fuel traders and all other fuel related malpractices. Kachaje assured Malawians that MERA is working hand-in-hand with the police for continued order in Fuel Service Stations. Also attending the meeting was National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Chief Executive Officer Clement Kanyama, who gave an overview and projections of fuels stocks at NOCMA.