Black mar­ket fuel syn­di­cates busted

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

PO­LICE in Mutare have ar­rested five il­le­gal fuel deal­ers and re­cov­ered 2 000 litres of both diesel and petrol that had been chan­nelled to the black mar­ket in an op­er­a­tion that is also clos­ing-in on ser­vice sta­tion man­agers who are al­legedly con­niv­ing with the sus­pects.

Ge­orge Much­in­jiko (28), of House Num­ber 160 Area 13, Dangamvura, Mount­ford Sibale (36) of 514 Area 14 Dangamvura, Wil­bert Shungu (37) of 9204 Dream­house, Freddy Charamba (40) of 4062 Chikanga 2 and Ad­mire Rak­abopa (27) of Num­ber 79 Chisamba Sin­gles, Sakubva are ex­pected to ap­pear in court to­day (Fri­day) for con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 29 (1) of the Pe­tro­leum Act Chap­ter 13:22 which pro­hibits the sell­ing of fuel with­out a li­cence.

The ar­rest of the sus­pects fol­lows the ex­e­cu­tion of a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion in which po­lice in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives dis­guised them­selves as des­per­ate mo­torists look­ing for fuel and hit the il­le­gal deal­ers at var­i­ous hide­outs in the city.

Much­in­jiko was ar­rested at Clan Garage which is si­t­u­ated at Num­ber 24 Si­mon Ma­zorodze Road. He was found sell­ing petrol for $4 per litre. Po­lice re­cov­ered 100 litres of fuel which was stored in a room.

Sibale and Shungu were ar­rested along River­side Road sell­ing diesel at $2,60 per litre, while Charamba was nabbed at Nyika Garage si­t­u­ated along Glas­gow Road with 800 litres of diesel and 20 litres of petrol. He was sell­ing petrol at $3,40 per litre and diesel at $4 per litre.

Rak­abopa was ar­rested at Fashu Garage. He had 400 litres of diesel which he was sell­ing at $5 per litre.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions and in­ter­views done with the sus­pects po­lice dis­cov­ered that the il­le­gal fuel deal­ers were con­niv­ing with ser­vice sta­tion man­agers and fuel at­ten­dants to di­vert fuel to the black mar­ket.

Man­i­ca­land po­lice spokesman In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa said the long arm of the law will catch up with the cul­prits who are sup­ply­ing the il­le­gal deal­ers with the fuel.

He said the po­lice is duty bound to pro­tect in­no­cent civil­ians from un­scrupu­lous deal­ers who are cash­ing in on the fuel cri­sis.

— Pic­ture by Ti­nai Nyadzayo.

Five sus­pected Il­le­gal fuel deal­ers were ar­rested in Mutare this week sell­ing diesel and petrol in drums and plas­tic con­tain­ers at in­flated prices.

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