Cor­rup­tion wors­ens fuel short­ages

The Manica Post - - Comment & Feedback -

UN­SCRUPU­LOUS fuel at­ten­dants and deal­ers have com­pounded a crit­i­cal fuel sup­ply sit­u­a­tion that was caused by lim­ited for­eign cur­rency re­serves in the first place, in­ves­ti­ga­tions by The Her­ald show. Fuel deal­ers and their ser­vice sta­tion em­ploy­ees are said to con­nive not to re­lease all the fuel they get to the mo­tor­ing pub­lic in or­der to sell it ei­ther to friends or to ex­tort bribes from des­per­ate mo­torists or to sell it on the black mar­ket at in­flated prices through third par­ties.

Amounts far higher than the tech­ni­cally re­quired tank re­serves are kept ei­ther for pre­paid cus­tomers, US dol­lar buy­ers only or for­eign em­bassies, The Her­ald dis­cov­ered.

Mo­torists who are pre­pared to pay a few ex­tra dol­lars cash can fill their ve­hi­cle tanks.

Most ser­vice sta­tions limit amounts per cus­tomer to $40 or $50. — The Her­ald.

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