The Minister for Energy and Power Development Joram Gumbo said that his ministry is not to blame for the fuel shortages that are currently being experienced in the country.
Gumbo seemed to lay the blame on the Ministry of Finance which he said was failing to pay international players for the fuel that has already been delivered into the country.
In an interview with The Standard on Saturday, Gumbo said petrol and diesel are in abundance at the Msasa and Mabvuku depots, but has to be paid for. Said Gumbo:
RBZ governor (John) Mangudya has always been telling you that he needs so much money to buy fuel. I have always maintained my position that fuel is available in the country but it can only be accessed upon production of foreign currency.
My role as minister of energy is to make sure that I talk about a facility, that is why you find I say I have spoken to Trafigura, I have spoken to Independent Petroleum Group (IPG) to make facilities that bring in fuel in the country, but those companies bring in the fuel in the country and when they do that it’s on bond.
Zimbabwe has been facing acute fuel shortages for several months now. President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently announced that fuel prices were to increase by over 150 per cent. The move led to nationwide protests resulting in the deaths of at least twelve people as soldiers and police allegedly fired live ammunition against unarmed civilians.