The government has dismissed social media reports that the price of fuel has been hiked again.
A notice supposedly issued by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) showed that the price of petrol would rise from $3.31 to $3.35 and diesel from $3.11 to $3.17 – the second fuel price increase inside two months.
However, the Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi said that the current fuel prices will persist for the foreseeable future. Writing on Twitter on Thursday, Mutodi said:
The public is hereby informed that current fuel prices are competitive and will remain in place for a long time. Messages circulating on social media on fuel price hikes are malicious and meant to cause alarm and despondency.
On January 12 President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a 150 per cent fuel price hike. The move resulted in unprecedented nationwide riots resulting in the death of at least people as security forces moved in to restore order. The fallout from last month’s fuel price hike is still being felt more than a month later.