Zambia Consumer Assocation ( ZACA ) has urged government to find ways of stabilizing fuel prices in the country as they do not only affect motorists in general but has negative effects on the economy as well.
ZACA acting Excutive secretary Samuel Simutenda said that with the country’s recording a single digit inflation rate figure, Zambia should not experience situations .
Mr Simutenda told ZANIS Kitwe in an interview today that government needs to find means of stabilizing fuel prices even when the price of crude oil is increased on the international market.
He added that government should take advantage of cooper prices going up and it being a chief foreign exchange corner of the country Kwacha should gain even if prices of crude oil are raised worldwide.
Fuel prices were recently increased by the Energy Regulation Board ( ERB ) citing increase of the commodity on the international market a move that has unsettled the general public.
The price of Petrol has been increased from the current K 7 639 Kwacha to K 8 647.
Diesel, which is currently fetching K6 999 will now be selling at K7 950 kwacha.
Consumers of goods and services in the country fear that the increase of fuel will have a spiral effect on food prices and transport services, among others.
Meanwhile, the ZACA senior official has urged mobile service providers to provide quality mobile services to their customers.
Mr. Simutenda said mobile services are not of high standards and that the providers are spending huge sums of money on advertising services which they are unable to provide.
He said there are cases when it is difficult to get in touch with people basically because of the poor services by some mobile service providers.