PARLIAMENT URGES NOCMA TO PROCEED WITH FUEL IMPORTS

Written by  MBC Online

The Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change has urged the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) to go ahead and import fuel to avert an impending crisis that may plunge the country into serious problems. 

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May

Presenting a report in the August House on the standoff between (NOCMA) and the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) , Chairperson of the committee Welani Chilenga said if the impasse is not resolved, Malawi is heading towards a fuel crisis of unimaginable levels. 

 

NOCMA and MERA are in a deadlock on which system to use to procure fuel that has lasted over eight months. MERA wants NOCMA to use the ex tank system, while NOCMA prefers the delivered duty unpaid system. 

 

In the first option, the supplier handles the associated costs of fuel imports up to the port, while in the second the supplier is responsible for the same up to delivery point. 

 

According to Chilenga, as regulatory body, MERA is overstepping its mandate by interfering in the issue. 

 

The committee has also recommended that the Anti-Corruption Bureau should investigate corruption allegations surrounding the fuel saga.

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