Two fuel filling stations were on Tuesday shut down after they routinely refused electronic modes of payments, instead, accepting cash payments only.
The two service stations traded under the Ruyamuro brand, one in Glendale, and the other at Nzvimbo Growth Point in Chiweshe.
Engen Service station in Harare, situated at the corner of Harare Street and Robert Mugabe Road was closed for the same reason.
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The development was revealed by Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi, who said that Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) officials were on the ground conducting routine checks. He said:
The public has been and continues to be at the receiving end of irresponsible service station operators. This has got to come to an end.
… This cannot go on and one hopes that other operators will learn something from the action that has been taken and is being taken,” he said.
Now if you have one licence and you operate five service stations and you are caught at one you are still the miscreant, you are the same person, even if you are running other sites and those in this business need to take heed so that they will not say we never told them.
The government gave warning months ago that the misbehaviour that we are seeing needs to come to an end. This is the beginning.
The practice of accepting hard cash only by service stations is rampant countrywide with an unnamed service station in Shurugwi reportedly accepting only US dollars.