Zanu-PF youths storm ser­vice sta­tion for sell­ing fuel in forex

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter Thu­peyo Mu­leya Beit­bridge Bureau

ZANU-PF youths in Mata­bele­land North be­sieged West Garage in Lu­pane on Mon­day com­plain­ing about at­ten­dants at the fa­cil­ity who were re­port­edly sell­ing fuel in for­eign cur­rency only .

Mem­bers of the pub­lic and mo­torists ap­proached the Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land North provin­cial youth lead­er­ship to com­plain as fuel at­ten­dants were de­mand­ing United States dol­lars and South African rand for fuel.

The party’s provin­cial youth chair Cde Ta­muka Ny­oni said con­cerned youths stormed the ser­vice sta­tion de­mand­ing an­swers.

“Some peo­ple ap­proached us com­plain­ing that fuel was there at West Garage but at­ten­dants were de­mand­ing forex. We drove there and they told us that they were only sell­ing to those with US dol­lars and rand.

“We started ar­gu­ing as we wanted to un­der­stand why they were do­ing that. We wanted to lock up the garage un­til they com­ply be­cause al­ready they are not tak­ing EcoCash and if they refuse bond notes and swipe how do they ex­pect lo­cals to ac­cess fuel?” asked Cde Ny­oni.

He said youths left the garage after the in­ter­ven­tion of po­lice who had come to en­sure there was no vi­o­lence. THE De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion has recorded a 10,37 per­cent in­crease in trav­ellers who used Beit­bridge Bor­der Post be­tween De­cem­ber 1 and 24 this year com­pared to the same pe­riod last year, statis­tics from the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion have shown.

The statis­tics show that a to­tal of 512 567 peo­ple ac­cessed both Zim­babwe and South Africa us­ing Beit­bridge bor­der post in 2017 and the num­ber in­creased to 565 731 this year.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod un­der re­view 348 008 peo­ple en­tered the coun­try against 290 986 recorded last year.

The fig­ures also show that less peo­ple trav­elled out of the coun­try this year (217 723), com­pared to 221 581 last year. e as­sis­tant re­gional im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer in con­firmed the en­counter with Zanu-PF youths.

He ad­mit­ted that the garage sells its fuel in forex only, say­ing that is be­cause they or­der from out­side the coun­try.

He said a litre of petrol costs $1 while R100 is equiv­a­lent to US$7.

“Yes we sell our fuel in forex be­cause we get it from out­side the coun­try us­ing for­eign cur­rency. Some peo­ple came here and we tried to ex­plain to them but they would not un­der­stand,” he said.

Early this month an­gry mo­torists tem­po­rar­ily closed To­tal Ser­vice Sta­tion in Vic­to­ria Falls in protest over hoard­ing of fuel and favouritism by the garage at­ten­dants.

Sim­i­lar com­plaints have emerged from var­i­ous ser­vice sta­tions which are ac­cused of feed­ing the black mar­ket de­spite get­ting fuel from Gov­ern­ment.

En­ergy and Power De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Dr Jo­ram Gumbo has warned fuel traders and fill­ing sta­tions that are with­hold­ing fuel and those sup­ply­ing the black mar­ket that they risk los­ing their trad­ing li­cences.

Dr Gumbo re­cently said Po­lice and Zim­babwe En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (ZERA) have been de­ployed all over the coun­try to carry out ran­dom raids on rogue ser­vice sta­tions.

This comes after a re­al­i­sa­tion that some ser­vice sta­tions are with­hold­ing fuel to sup­ply the black mar­ket and pi­rate taxis. — @ ncubeleon

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