Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority Addresses Forex Shortage as Fuel Export Challenge
"As a country, we fail to generate forex, and that's the major problem. The price stabilization fund is not consistent." - Fitina Khonje, PR Manager for MERA
Zomba, Malawi-Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has identified the shortage of foreign exchange (forex) as a significant hurdle in exporting fuel, leading to a crisis in the country's fuel supply, writes Peter Ngwenyama.
During a sensitization meeting with journalists from Zomba districts, Fitina Khonje, the Public Relations Manager for MERA, emphasized the vital role journalists play in educating the public about the fuel crisis through accurate reporting.
Khonje stressed the importance of fair and accurate reporting to prevent the spread of misinformation that could incite tension in the country.
She urged journalists to help citizens understand MERA's role in addressing the crisis.
"As a country, we fail to generate forex, and that's the major problem. The price stabilization fund is not consistent," Khonje stated.
Khonje further appealed to citizens to refrain from illegal fuel vending and theft, emphasizing the risks it poses to society.
She reassured the public that MERA has no intention of increasing fuel prices, countering speculations on social media.
Zomba Press Club President Titus Linzie praised MERA for organizing the training at a crucial time when the nation is grappling with a fuel crisis.
Linzie expressed optimism that with enhanced reporting skills, cases of misleading information about fuel and gas would become a thing of the past.