ENERGY Minister Peter Kapala says government will next year stop getting involved in the procurement of petroleum products and will simply be regulating the industry and collecting tax. Last week, the Energy Regulation Board increased the retail fuel pump prices by K3.54 for petrol and K4.56 for diesel. In an interview, Kapala said no government money would be used in the importation of fuel. When asked if his government would remove middlemen in the supply of fuel, he responded in the affirmative. “Ideally yes. Because you see, next year government is going to stop getting involved in petrol procurement. This has brought a lot of problems to government. Now, companies will buy, bring to Lusaka or wherever, sell it, then…...

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