A day after a Malawian tanker carrying petroleum was burnt to ashes at Vanduzi in Mozambique, three more Malawian trucks were on Friday, June 10, set on fire at Niassa Cara in Mozambique.
Drivers of the tankers belonging to Petroda (Mw) limited, namely Leston Charley, aged 30 years and 43-year-old Martin Kaipa arrived in the country the same day.
According to public relations officer of Mwanza Immigration Office, Pasqually Zulu, details of the third driver remain sketchy.
“Currently we have not yet discovered information about the third driver because he has not shown up yet. Latest information shows that all tankers going to Beira have been halted following the spate of attacks on Beira- Maputo route by men in military attire. The two drivers have been handed over to Mwanza Police for further investigations,” stated Zulu.
The attack follows another one which happened on Wednesday whereby a tanker belonging to Petroleum Importers Limited, along with other six trucks, were ambushed before being set on fire by people wearing military attire.
The tanker was carrying 36,000 litres of petrol worth K23 million. Among the vehicles that were burnt on Wednesday was a JJ truck that carried two new land cruisers and a coaster which were to be delivered to Malawi.
When asked to comment on the issue, Minister of Information and government spokesperson, Patricia Kaliati, said the government of Malawi is still investigating the matter but maintained the incidents have not in any way affected relations between the two countries.
“We are still in touch with our Mozambican counterparts on this matter and I would like to assure Malawians that everything is going to be alright as the two governments have been working together not only on this issue [the burning of the tanks] but also on several other matters,”said Kaliati.
Asked as to what immediate solutions government has come up with to address the situation considering what is at stake, Kaliati said Malawians should not “blow these developments out of proportion.”
“As I have already said, we have taken up the issue and both governments are aware so Malawians should not despair because the two governments are working together to make sure all concerns are addressed,” she said.
These attacks on Malawians by Mozambicans follow another attack which saw four men, who were among 24 Malawians traveling to South Africa on April 23, shot dead in Mozambique.-The Daily Times