DEC fishes out 13 fuel traffickers


IN a two-day sting operation, authorities in Lusaka have seized a fuel black market, detaining 13 individuals and stopping the flow of thousands of liters of illegally sold fuel.

The crackdown, a joint effort by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) and the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), targeted illicit fuel vendors who were draining Zambia’s resources, like a siphon sucking the life out of a car.

“During the operation, officers seized approximately 6,090 litres of fuel worth over ZMW188,000,” disclosed Mwenge Mulenga and Namukolo Kasumpa the DEC and ERB public relations officers respectively.

This illegal fuel was stashed away in containers, from repurposed plastic pellet containers to drums – a disorganized fuel depot that could have fueled fiery consequences.

ERB and DEC urged would-be fuel traffickers to mend their ways and avoid this pump-and-dump scheme or face the consequences.

They warn that these illegal operations not only cheat the nation on taxes but also endanger consumers with potentially faulty fuel and unsafe storage practices.

By Catherine Pule

Kalemba March 30, 2024


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