The Zimbabwean Government has instituted random checks on fuel stations across the country as it moves to curb hoarding.

Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said in an interview that the police and Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) officials had been deployed across the country and fuel traders and stations found withholding fuel or selling it on the black market risked losing their trading licences.

Dr Gumbo said Government had learnt that some service stations were withholding fuel and selling it on the black market and to pirate taxis. The checks come after an incident in Gweru last week where motorists besieged ZUVA filling station along Lobengula Avenue after getting a tip off that a fuel tanker had offloaded but the owner, Mr Bourbon Bhula, was allegedly refusing to sell the fuel.

Source: Herald