National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) has said, following the washing away of Enukwenu Bridge in Mzimba District, the country was unable to receive fuel from the northern corridor for three consecutive days.
Nocma spokesperson Chisomo Mwamadi told The Daily Times that more than 60 fuel trucks destined for Lilongwe and Mzuzu were stuck at the site.
“Meanwhile we diverted some 10 petrol trucks meant for Blantyre to discharge fuel at Lilongwe Strategic Fuel Reserves since we were not sure [as to] when authorities were going to open the bridge.”
He, however, said trucks started passing through the bridge Sunday afternoon.
“This means that by the time of opening of Strategic Fuel Reserves tomorrow [Monday] at Lilongwe and Mzuzu, a lot of petrol and diesel trucks will be in our sidings waiting for offloading,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Transporters Association of Malawi Secretary Elliot Mussa has said events at the bridge affected their business, a concern also raised by Professional Drivers Union President Major Mkandawire.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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