ZERA: Government will not increase fuel prices soon. This comes as rumours have been circulating that another fuel price hike is looming, triggering panic buying, especially in Harare, resulting in limited supplies and queues re-emerging.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Zera) has said the country has enough fuel stocks for the market and Government will not increase its prices in the near future.
As such, there is no need for panic. Zera acting chief executive officer Eddington Mazambani said the shortages that were experienced last week were a result of supply gaps that have been closed by the fuel supply inflows.
“The fuel supply in the country is stable and the public should not panic based on false statements that the fuel prices are due to be significantly reviewed,” he said.
“Government has put in place enough financial facilities to ensure that there will be enough fuel stocks to cater for current demand.
“There is no need for panic buying. The country has adequate stocks. Zera is constantly monitoring the supply and consumption pattern while the financial side is being resolved by the Central Bank.” Last month, the government reviewed the diesel price to $3,11 from $1,30 per litre, while petrol was increased to $3,31 from $1,40.
The Government introduced a tax rebate for all registered businesses in the manufacturing, mining, commerce, agriculture and transport sectors to prevent commodity or service price increases.
Market watchers say the fuel price increase was long overdue and therefore inevitable. They say it was necessary to tackle long queues that were forming at fuel service stations, as well as address hoarding that had become rampant.
Following the fuel price increase, the government said no upward commodity price adjustments were expected. Government is working on a framework that ensures that companies that are tax compliant enjoy a rebate system that will enable them to get fuel at lower rates.