Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu-PF) is unhappy about the pricing of fuel in Zimbabwe compared to other regional countries, particularly those which are also landlocked. Chinotimba made his frustration known when he grilled Energy and Power Development Deputy Minister Tsitsi Muzenda. Chinotimba wanted Muzenda to explain how Zimbabwe’s fuel was so high yet Zambia which sourced its fuel from the same source and transported it through Zimbabwe still managed to charge lower prices. Muzenda blamed the pricing on taxes.
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Madam Speaker, the fuel that we use in Zimbabwe and Zambia is procured from the same place in Mozambique.
It is procured from the same area. Zambian fuel passes through Zimbabwe and goes through Chirundu Border Post and when it is there, it costs 80 cents per litre.
Mozambique sells fuel at 50 cents per litre. We need to understand. The Minister should explain to us.
It is not proper to say it is taxes because Zambia that passes through our place when transporting their fuel sells their fuel at 80 cents, yet we are paying $1.36 per litre.
A liberated country like us, we should be enlightened as to why our fuel is so expensive. We are in a liberated zone and country and we also have liberated Ministers…. Are we in Rhodesia?
Muzenda in her response said:
It is true, our fuel is a bit more expensive compared to others in the region because we have several taxes we add to the fuel when it reaches here
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