President Edgar Lungu has attributed the fuel shortage being experienced in some parts of the Country to challenges in the procurement process.
He says sluggish banking transactions have resulted in one of the fuel shipments being anchored in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for one week now.
President Lungu has however, assured the nation that he will not tolerate such sluggishness in the procurement of fuel for too long.
President Lungu was speaking to journalists at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before departure for Mozambique for a three days State visit.
And the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Amos Chanda says the President’s state visit follows an invitation by his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi.
Mr. Chanda says during his visit President Lungu will engage his counterpart on issues to do with bilateral agreements in the power sector including talks on the possibility of setting up a gas pipeline between Mozambique and Zambia.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has asked opposition political party leaders suggesting that he is not doing enough to address the issue of violence to stop provoking him.
He says those thinking he is not doing enough to address the issue of violence must be playing games.