Energy and Power Development Deputy minister Magna Mudyiwa said that fifty-seven service stations have been selected across the country to sell fuel in Zimbabwe dollars.
Speaking in the Senate on Thursday, 5 May, Mudyiwa said the service stations must meet certain conditions which ensure that the fuel is monitored. She said:
Not all service stations are selling fuel in RTGS but there are some service stations which are selling in RTGS through the fuel for RTGS is very limited.
To date, we are not able to get fuel to deliver to all these 57 service stations.
That is why you assume that there are no such service stations. There is little fuel found and sold in local currency.
These service stations which sell fuel in local currency must be monitored by the National Fuel Management System which is a computerised system that monitors how many litres of fuel have been received and the levels must be monitored from a remote-controlled office.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) yesterday announced new fuel prices effective 6 May 2022.
The price of diesel did not change in US dollars (US$1.71) but ZERA increased the price in Zimbabwe dollars from ZWL$264.77 to ZWL$283.87 per litre.
The price of petrol was increased to US$1.64 and ZWL$271.85 per litre from US$1.63 and ZWL$252.40 per litre, respectively.
What perplexes motorists is the fact that ZERA always announces fuel prices in the local currency yet the fuel is not available.