empty petrol stations and deployed army ~ #AFP:


The country imports its fuel through ports in neighboring Tanzania or Mozambique. The army said soldiers now accompany tankers from border posts to depots and then to gas stations.

The army “calls on the public to avoid obstructing these operations,” she said in a statement Thursday evening. “The Malawian Defense Force will continue the exercise until the situation normalizes.”

Tanker drivers have been on strike since Wednesday.

Government spokesman Gospel Kazako said these truck drivers want better wages and reduced passport fees and Covid tests needed to cross the border.

“Most worrying is that some drivers engage in acts of violence against other drivers, which is criminal. We ask drivers to comply with the law while their strike continues,” he said. he declared, also urging the strikers not to block the roads.

The government recently increased the minimum wage for truck drivers to 140,000 kwacha (148 euros) per month, but drivers say companies have yet to pass the decision on to their wages.


Source: VOA-AFP.


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