The Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) says it has applied for a licence to allow the organisation to import fuel for its members.
Chairman of the ZMF general council Makumba Nyenje said they were now waiting for the government’s response. He said:
We have applied to the Government to be given a permit to import our own fuel.
We have applied through Zera (Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority) to the Ministry of Energy and Power Development to get a licence for us to import our fuel as a federation.
We are still waiting for the response and as soon as we get the green light we will start importing for our members.
We would like to have fuel in all garages in mining towns for our membership.
Miners will be using their e-cards and we also want to introduce the coupon system so that miners can be able to redeem them at the garages we would have made arrangements with.
Currently, the problem we are having is that we are queuing like everyone else which is greatly affecting our work.
The government recently announced that it has liberalised the importation of fuel and will allow those with free funds in the mining and farming industry to import their own fuel.