Deputy Minister for Information and Publicity Energy Mutodi has decided to use a bike in order to save fuel as well using it as a means to reduce body fat and weight. Writing on Twitter today, Mutodi said:
I decided to buy my own bicycle in order to cut on my monthly fuel budget. The bicycle also helps reduce body fat and lose weight. Assuming motorists spend at least 10 litres of fuel per day if 1 million of them decided to use bicycles for their weekend errands, US$20m/wk would be saved.
Mutodi became infamous on the eve of January’s countrywide riots when he said that people should not moan because of the fuel price hike but should rather buy bicycles if they cannot afford fuel. On 13 January, a few hours after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a fuel price hike, and a few hours before the riots started, Mutodi had said:
New fuel prices will stamp out arbitrage in the fuel sector and normalize fuel supply but Zimbabweans must brace for commodity price volatility emanating from the fuel price shock. Volatility will be temporary before goods prices normalise.
Faced with high fuel costs, clever people know what to do and here are some tips: Avoid fuel guzzler, reduce fleet, cancel unnecessary trips and use bicycles where possible to save BIG. Do not protest in the street you can lose a limp in skirmishes.