Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya said Zimbabwe would not have traffic jams and fuel queues if there was no fuel in the country.
He said this when he appeared before a parliamentary portfolio committee on energy. Mangudya said the country’s fuel consumption had increased during the year due to increased number of vehicles in the country, particularly in the capital Harare. Said Mangudya:
What we are seeing is that demand for fuel has gone up significantly. The number of vehicles on our roads has increased and we have got vehicles in the range of between 1.6-1.8 million vehicles on our roads, an increase of about 50 percent a year ago. There are now traffic jams on our roads, wherever you drive. That shows us that the fuel situation is not as bad as it is shown by the queues because if the situation is so acute we would not have such traffic jams at the same time we have fuel queues.