Huge Zim fuel price hike amid shortages
ZIMBABWE has hiked fuel prices by approximately 150% with effect from midnight last night as President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government battles with crippling shortages that have seen motorists sleep in fuel queues.
Wholesalers said last week they were losing 15% in sales revenue every day they spend without fuel. In an effort to find a solution, Mnangagwa announced the price of diesel will increase to $3,11 (about R43) per litre from $1,24, while petrol has gone up to $3,31 (about R46) per litre from $1,31 per litre.
In announcing the new pricing regime, Mnangagwa said the new fuel prices are predicated on the need to keep fuel retailers viable.
Mnangagwa also announced that foreigners will have to pay in foreign exchange for their fuel.
“Guests of government, by way of foreign missions and other registered foreign bodies and tourists, will fuel and refuel at designated points at the prices of $1,24 (about R17) per litre for diesel and $1,32 (about R18) per litre for petrol, upon production of proper identification documents.”
He said government will also cushion business and consumers from an expected new wave of price increases for basic products and transport fares.
“Government has decided to grant a rebate to all registered businesses [in various sectors including the transport sector].”
“Given these cost mitigations and incentives, government does not expect and will not allow, business to trigger a new round of price increases,” said Mnangagwa. — Fin24.