Govt withdraws errant service stations’ licences

Government has withdrawn licences for fuel service stations caught trading irregularly, contributing to serious shortages of petrol and diesel that had rocked the market for several weeks, resulting in long and winding queues and panic-buying.

BY Everson Mushava

Addressing a media briefing after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa also said government was concerned by high prices of goods still on the market and failure by companies to respect the Bank Use Promotion Act, which outlaws a three-tier pricing system.

She also said government had expressed commitment in ensuring that agriculture inputs be priced to affordable levels and in adequate supply, and hoped that the improvement in the supply of fuel and basic commodities, that was in short supply for over a month, would continue.

“Government also observed that the availability of fuel had significantly improved, amid high hopes that the situation would normalise in a few days’ time,” Mutsvangwa said.

“Government has also withdrawn licences of some fuel service stations caught in irregular trade.

Government wishes to reaffirm its commitment in bringing normalcy to the situation as soon as possible.”

She said at least three service stations in Harare had their licences withdrawn after they were found on the wrong side of the law.

Mutsvangwa said government was concerned with high prices, the three-tier pricing system and some companies, especially in the health sector, that were still demanding payment in United States dollars.

She said government was happy that the repeal of Statutory Instrument 122 was beginning to show benefits with an increase in the supply of basic commodities.

Mutsvangwa said the benefits would be more pronounced mid-November.

“Government resolved there is need to vigorously enforce regulations which outlaw the three-tier pricing system and punish those found on the wrong side of the law,” she said.

Government last week threatened to enforce the Bank Use Promotion Act on errant businesses charging a premium on the US dollar, disregarding the official exchange rate of 1:1 on the greenback and the bond note.

Mutsvangwa also said government was committed to engaging captains of industry to create a common partnership in rebuilding the country’s economy.

“Government also agreed on the need to engage seed and fertiliser suppliers in order to guarantee affordability of agricultural inputs especially seed and fertiliser,” she said.

The Information minister said government would support small-to-medium enterprises to ensure they manufactured goods, while work on the local content policy to promote consumption of local goods and ease the demand on foreign currency was also nearing completion.

Government, Mutsvangwa said, would revive its agreements with India to ensure NatPharm produces drugs on credit to ease demand on foreign currency.

She said government would also ensure that the dualisation of the Beitbrdge-Chirundu highway commences soon from funds raised locally.

The dualisation will start by rehabilitating and widening the existing road and dualisation to follow.

15 Comments

  1. People seriously mistrust the government. Justifiably so. Are these three ‘errant’ service stations the only ones. In any case trying to treat the symptoms and ignoring the actual disease. Seems to be a lot of politicking behind the scenes, with some top politicians benefitting from the crisis, hence people pulling in different directions. God help us.

    1. Nothing really credible about these government people’s pronouncements. This merely betrays their panic, utter clue-lessness about what to do with this crisis and fire fighting management style.Ghost and nameless service stations allegedly punished but meanwhile the public transport sector have maintained their unjustified fare increases when fuel is obtained at the old price. Retailers also continue charging abnormal prices for basics such as sugar when the Zim-Bond is said to be at par with the US dollar. Its as if Mugabe and his trusted old guard are still running the show using their tried and failed economic policies.

    2. Aside from fuel filling stations, retailers like Electrosales of Powerspeed Electrical act as if they do not value their clients. Their pricing is among the wildest and highest in the market. It is as if they do not want to sell anything by transfer or bond cash but not openly saying so.

  2. Everson your news leave us a lot to wonder and worry about, who in particular has his license withdrawn. It is a nice notification to the public but try to be a responsible reporter of the new Dispensation. Here in the new Disp, we name and shame. Glow Petroleum from other reliable media sources. Do not be shy mta’ka mom. It is the arm of the government doing this to lighten the daily life of an ordinary citizen.

  3. A WISER STEP BY THE GOVERNMENT, INDUSTRIAL CATAPOULTS IN ZIMBABWE DO NOT HAVE ARMS OF EQUAL LENGTHS, THEY ALWAYS MISS AND RENDER EVERYONE BLACKSMITHED BY THE CHALLENGES OR EMERGING FROM THEIR INCOMPETENCE. TORERERAI WESE ANE HUSIMBE HWEKUITA BASA MUPE VANODA KUSHANDA. PANE VAMWE VANOZOMBO VHARA MASHOP, TORAYI MALICENCE CHETE, VANOITA VANHU KWAVO.

  4. Unfortunately Joram Gumbo is pulling one of the most scandalous FIBS to allege that some ghost sites no names mentioned had licences withdrawn and in this day age one needs to be out of his or her mind to swallow this type of NAKED LIES in the absence of the names of the service stations involved, i am sorry try another trick.

  5. Madhogodhogo Bikaz

    What has the govt done to Tagwirei,one of the co owners of Sakunda who was fingered in some dubious fuel activities?Is it because he has greased the palms of those in top echelons of power?The Mnangagwa administration has really run out of ideas to solve the economic problems bedeviling the country and they are cluelees,running i all directions like a headless chicken.Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe albeit through dubious means and the economy has become worse than it was when the old dictator was still in power. The vicious circle will continue until Zimbabweans truly gain their independence.Most of the so called independence are now grannies without tasting true independence.

  6. If any service stations have been closed then the ” Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra just had a still-born death! The message being communicated is, you can only operate your business in Zim if and only when you charge populist prices and accept the lie that bond to USA is 1:1

  7. Did I miss the names of the filling stations whose licenses were withdrawn?

  8. A BLACK PERSON CAN NOT RUN A COUNTRY. A BLACK LEADER IS LAZY, SELFISH, USELESS, GREEDY, CORRUPT AND MYOPIC. HOW CAN A COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD WHEN CHRIS MUSTVANGWA IS AN ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT? GET HELP FROM EUROPEAN POLITICIANS ON HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY.
    COME OUT IN THE OPEN AND TELL THE ENTIRE NATION THAT YOU HAVE FAILED. MR PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE FAILED. YOU GOT THAT POST BY CHANCE AND SHOULD WE ALLOW YOU TO KEEP ON DESTROYING THE NATION WHILE WE ARE WATCHING? PLIZ RESIGN NOW!!!

    1. How true @Nacido do not think they want help from european politicians they do not seem to like other races including other races like the coloureds, whites they only like the asians because they are always bootlicking them and giving them money in return for favours . Remember Mugabe hated the whites but he lived like one

  9. AYA NDO MAHUMBWE ATIRI KUITIRWA NE CHI HURUMENDE CHE ZANU. CHI HURUMENDE CHOZIVA ZVEKUBA, HUMONDI NEKUROYA. NHAI MWARI MAKASIKIREI CHUNHU CHONZI ZANU??? LOOK AT YOUR CHILDREN GOD. THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED BY ZANU WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING.

  10. What nonsense! Busy addressing issues muma newspaper pa ground paine a different story. I wont believe any of your lies madam. Name and shame tione. Gore riya pakaitwe name and shame zvikagumepi? Nonsense!

  11. Why is Immigration Dept insisting on payments for services be paid for in US Dollars cash: entry visas and resident permits.

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