Local producers of bottled water have dismissed suggestions they lack the capacity to supply their product to the country.
In a heated meeting with the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), Bogolo Kenewendo on Sunday, the producers insisted the fault lay with retailers for refusing to engage their services.
They claim to source most of their business from Filling Stations and other small establishments while big entities have closed them out almost entirely.
The apparent standoff has led to significant shortage of bottled water in local stores, with consumers taking to social media to air their frustrations.
Airing his concerns, Brandson Sadi, a Sales and Marketing executive at H2O International, a local water purifying company said, “It is a bit hectic from our side; retailers are sceptical that we will deliver well on time but we are producing 1, 500 litres per hour. It is clear they have closed us out!”