The government-controlled publication, The Herald, said in an editorial today that small privately owned cars are contributing to the fuel crisis by using fuel for non-productive purposes.
Referring to them as “small fuel-happy cars” the publication said these cars are creating a sense of crisis and chaos, along with bad optics. The government, says the editorial, has done enough but small cars and fuel station companies that are misappropriating fuel/USD allocations are causing the crisis.
Says the editorial:
Additionally, Government should take measures to ensure it does not waste foreign currency on fuel.
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.
We suggest that Government must institute measures that discourage the happy and prodigious use of fuel while promoting productivity.
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