Minister of Energy and Power Development, Joram Gumbo has said that the government will issue a directive to service stations to stop serving people who come with jerry cans, drums and other fuel containers as this was contributing to artificial shortages. The Minister also warned service stations that if they demanded foreign currency, their licences were going to be withdrawn. In an interview with the Chronicle, the Minister said,
Those using tanks, drums and jerry cans all, those forms of containers should stop and we are sending out inspectors and the Zimbabwe Republic Police and if anybody is going to be found maybe overcharging or using drums might have their licences withdrawn. We are not going to allow that…We also had to warn some of the companies that we heard were demanding forex for fuel because it’s not their responsibility because the forex that we use to buy fuel from Msasa or Mabvuku or international companies is sourced by Government. So, there is no point in an individual company demanding payment for fuel in foreign currency and some of them were saying they were only serving their clients with coupons from their companies that should not happen.