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Fuel Crisis Still Unsolved for Bujumbura Residents

Burundi Minister of Energy and Mining announced that petroleum products in the country will be distributed only at fuel stations and in daytime from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m,this he said yesterday. The decision was taken after a serious lack of fuel that has been observed since the last few days.

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Many cars queuing up for fuel on one gas station in Burundi

Consumers say this measure will create disorder. They ask the government to solve the major problem by importing enough fuel.

The Director of the department of fuel within the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Daniel Mpitabakana,announced on 3 May that petroleum products will from now be distributed only at fuel stations and during daytime from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. "The decision has been taken to curb the phenomenon of speculation observed in the management and distribution of oil products since the last few days", he says.

He also says the distribution of fuel during the hours and in places not officially set by the government will be severely punished in accordance with the law. Mpitabakana urges fuel station owners to distribute oil products without interrupting the entire quantity purchased from importers.

Murekateta Sharon

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