Fuel queues have resurfaced at fuel stations in Bulawayo with reports claiming that fuel service station operators are hoarding the product in anticipation of a price hike.
A fuel attendant in Belmont told the Chronicle that his bosses had instructed him to only sell 5 000 litres out of 47 000 litres which were available. He said:
We have more than 33 000 litres petrol and about 14 000 litres of diesel now although we are expecting more deliveries.
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So, my bosses have said we must not sell more than a combined 5 000 litres of both petrol and diesel as fuel is expected to go up.
If it goes up and we sell at the new price, we will make a profit, so right now, we are only using one pump for petrol and one pump for diesel.
On a normal day, we use three or four pumps each.
On 5 May, the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) reduced the price of petrol and diesel by 77 cents and 68 cents respectively owing to a fall in Free on Board (FOB) prices and the revised duty regime.
ZERA slashed the retail price for petrol from $21.77 to $21.00 and diesel from $21.52 to $20.84 per litre.