Government Has Done Its Part To Provide Enough Fuel, Says The Herald

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An editorial comment in the Herald today says that the government of Zimbabwe has done its part in providing enough fuel for the country’s needs. It also says that fuel is being misappropriated by fuel station companies and that small cars are abusing fuel by using it on non-productive purposes.

Said the commentary:

Government, through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, has played its part. It has consistently provided foreign currency for industry players to purchase fuel.

Every week, Government is releasing several million dollars for the commodity so that people can drive around and producers in the different sectors of the economy can do their work.

This is the story that is yet to be told — and one which is in the national interest — the evident mismatch between what has been allocated to the fuel sector and what Zimbabweans on the ground are experiencing. And Government is taking the flak for it. Several theories have been advanced; from suppliers delivering empty tanks or water while pocketing money, to the fuel being siphoned out of the country.

 

A cursory look at the demand and consumption of fuel shows that a majority of it goes to luxury use, with small vehicles dominating.

It follows that where petrol is concerned, Zimbabwe is happily burning away fuel on non-productive use.

Strangely when there are shortages, it is these small fuel-happy cars that create a sense of crisis and chaos, along with the bad optics.

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3 comments

  1. Joe Cool Reply

    Very true about the small car users, but the government should have thought about this long ago and banned the import of Japanese leftovers. Instead, it was greedily grabbing and consuming the import duty without bothering about the cost of operating the vehicles. What do you think the import bill will be for spare parts when they all start falling apart.

  2. Haha Reply

    I think you even more shortsighted.. why don’t they provide good public transport so we can park these cars

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