ZERA to deal with illegal fuel dealers

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Energy deputy minister Tsitsi Muzenda, told the Senate yesterday that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is crafting the Petroleum Liquid Fuel Licensing and Compliance Regulations that will deal with illegal fuel vendors that mostly operate in Mutare and surrounding areas.

Muzenda was responding to a question by Manicaland Senator Judith Mawire, who had asked her to explain the Energy ministry’s policies to stop illegal selling of fuel in Mutare and surrounding areas. She said in 2016 a total of 14 unlicensed fuel dealers were closed and 24 illegal fuel dealers set for prosecution. Said Muzenda:

Zera conducted a fuel retail inspection and noticed an increase in illegal fuel deals in Mutare and areas in proximity with the town, down into Mozambique, where relatively cheaper fuel is brought into Zimbabwe. To curb the illegal activities, Zera, working with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in Manicaland, carried out routine inspections which showed 35% of fuel retail sites were unlicensed and were operating from former commercial industrial sites with no clearance from Mutare City Council, Fire Brigade or Zera, and these were manned by untrained people.

More: NewsDay

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Manicaland is a province which covers largely the eastern highlands and the south eastern plateau of Zimbabwe. Manicaland is one of Zimbabwe's ten administrative provinces. Mutare is the capital of Manicaland province. Read More About Manicaland

Mutare is the name of Zimbabwe's third largest city after Harare and Bulawayo. Popularliry referred to in Zimbabwe as Kumakomoyo, this word depicts the city’s mountainous terrain giving it a unique distinction which makes it different from the rest of other cities in the country.... Read More About Mutare

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police

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