Corruption worsens fuel shortages
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.