Fuel price increase reports false: Zera

Engen service stations

Prices of fuel being charged by fuel stations had remained unchanged.

Blessing Bonga and Kudakwashe Pembere
THE Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has dispelled yesterday’s reports in some sections of the media that fuel prices had gone up with petrol reportedly selling at US$1,70 per litre, while diesel was said to be selling at US$1,50 per litre. The reports attributed the alleged price increase to results of last week’s harmonised elections that were resoundingly won by Zanu-PF.
ZERA spoke as South also dismissed claims that it had reintroduced visa fees in the wake of President Mugabe’s crushing victory in the harmonised elections to stem an anticipated influx of economic refugees.

Some pro-MDC-T websites and the party’s trolls on social media claimed South Africa was closing its borders to stem an influx of Zimbabweans fleeing hardships that MDC-T claimed would engulf the country in the wake of its crushing defeat.

During his fruitless campaign tour in all 10 provinces ahead of the harmonised elections, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai claimed the sanctions-induced hardships that ravaged Zimbabwe would return if his party was booted out of Government.

Analysts said the fuel price increase reports were designed to influence a spike in prices to fulfil MDC-T’s hardships mantra.
ZERA chief executive Engineer Gloria Magombo dismissed the reports as mischievous and bent on instigating unnecessary and unjustified fuel price increases not related to any cost drivers.

“Zera views such reports as trying to instigate unnecessary fuel price hikes not at all related to any changes in the cost drivers of fuel and are not in any way linked to the outcome of the just ended harmonised elections,” she said.

Eng Magombo added that a snap survey carried out by the regulatory authority’s monitoring and compliance team had revealed that prices of fuel being charged by fuel stations had remained unchanged.

“Our survey has actually revealed that the prices of fuel at service stations have not changed and therefore ZERA does not expect any upward movement in the prices of fuels especially taking into cognisance the fact that the International crude oil prices have generally remained stable.

“In Harare yesterday, prices of petrol ranged from US$1, 48 to US$1, 51 while those of diesel ranged from US$1, 33 to US$1, 35,” said Eng Magombo.
In Bulawayo prices yesterday were also unchanged with the price of fuel ranging from US$1, 52 to US$1, 55 for petrol while diesel ranged from US$1, 35 to US$1, 40.
Eng Magombo warned unscrupulous fuel dealers who might want to create confusion and take advantage of customers by charging exorbitant prices saying that her organisation was closely monitoring events on the market and that those found wanting would be penalised.

“One of the key mandates of ZERA is to ensure that petroleum prices are fair to both consumers and the licence operators and that they comply with Statutory Instrument 83 of 2009.

“ZERA will thus continue to monitor the fuel prices and any fuel licensees who charge beyond the price allowable in terms of SI 83 of 2009: Control of Goods (Petroleum Prices) will have their licences cancelled in terms of the Petroleum Act,” she said.

A snap survey carried out by The Herald in some Harare fuel service stations showed that there was no fuel increase.
At Total service stations petrol was selling at the normal $1, 51 while diesel was going for $1, 35  per litre. At Sakunda, increase in the price of fuel was recorded as petrol sold for $1, 48 while diesel was at $1, 33.

No price increase was recorded at Engen service stations where petrol was sold at $1, 51 while diesel was selling at $1, 51 while it was the same at Zuva service stations.

The last time fuel prices went up in Zimbabwe was in February this year by at least five percent that saw petrol going up from an average of about US$1,46 per litre to about US$1,51 while diesel went up from an average of US$1,30 per litre to about US$1,35 per litre.

The fuel increase rumours started spreading soon after the announcement of Zanu-PF’s resounding victory as prophets of doom started circulating harmful and speculative rumours on the economic performance of Zimbabwe.

Director general in South Africa’s Home Affairs ministry Mr Mkuseli Apleni yesterday said there had been no changes to South Africa’s immigration policy.
‘’Thank you for your email inquiry regarding the introduction of visa fees for Zimbabweans intending to stay in South Africa for 90 days or more. The visa situation for Zimbabweans remains the same, and there has

not been any changes. All changes and policy positions are published on the Department for Home Affairs website at www.dha.gov.za However, the Minister of Home Affairs has not issued any such statement, nor do we intend to do so. Please inform your readers that the visa situation remains the same.’’

Since its launch in 1999, the MDC-T has cultivated votes on the back of the suffering of the generality of Zimbabweans, which was the raison d’être for the west’s illegal economic sanctions regime imposed at the turn of the millennium that cost the country over US$42billion in revenue.

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  • L Makombe

    Why not deal with the newspapers and people spreading these destructive news. This is another form of sabotage. We are sick and tired of a few people who are bent on destabilising the country for their own selfishness.

    • ZANUPF Original Product

      Dont be silly. Its just the rumour mill. Not everything is resolved by “dealing with it”

      Thank goodness we have mature people leading the country. The likes of you are better of being in charge of goats and not people or institutions of office.

  • che guevera

    The last kicks of a desperate horse…This marks the final death of the MDC! May its soul rest in peace….MDC ENDA USADZOKE!

  • Mutongi Gava

    Thank you ZERA for moving quickly to dispel rumours calculated to cause alarm and despondency. Please also use the SMS & whatsapp platforms and social media to reach the huge audience that received this false news.

  • Chokwadi

    If the bulk of your fuel is sourced from SA then its going up by 4 to 5cents per litre as this is the case as of midnight tomorrow morning in SA.

  • rmunemo

    WITH THE RESUMPTION OF CHISUMBANJE ETHANOL PLANT FUEL MUST ACTUALLY GO DOWN ASI ICHANGOKWIRA CHETE

  • tisu anhu acho

    MDC is lying abt everything thinking people will run to them.they want to frighten pple in case there is a re run of the election every one votes them fearing santions and hunger.MDC is full of threats and they are no different from a rapist who rapes at knife point.how can you can u say vote me or die from hunger?is that not a threat?whats free & fair about that threat?they quick to cry that people are intimidated by zanu pf.what do they call threatening people with sanctions?is that not intimidation emotionally?Morgan can not say anything without uttering his threats of 2008 situation which he brought upon Zimbabwe coz of his cruelness.who in his right mind makes people to suffer so that they vote for him?he only has his interest at heart.he does not care for anyone that man.

  • Apostle

    Ko ndakaenda pa pump ndikaona fuel yakwira wani nezuro.the bible told us .Though shall not lie…says Jehovah….The end of the world is near.

    • Ivhu ndereveZimbabwe muZimbab

      You are possessed with a Lying Demon. The blood of Jesus is needed to cleans you. All MDCs supporters lie so much that only their leader surpasses them.

    • MANGWENDE WE CHINHOYI

      Kana wakaenda pa pump zvechokwadi iwe Apostle, ukawana yakwira, tell us the service station which you did not mention otherwise I take it that you are not part of the ALARMS NETWORK from the losing group. If you are also assisting in spreading such dangerous rumours to get a certain unethical outcome, muri kunyangira inowonesesa and be careful.

  • Truth

    fuel prices have increases world wide. the price per barrel has gone up because of increases demand from China, the USA and the problems in the arab world. herald, tell people the truth. if you research well, you will see that the price of fuel in south africa is set to increase if it has not already. the same is true for other countries world wide.

    • MANGWENDE WE CHINHOYI

      But any international increase should not be attributed to our elections and their results. It is this mind game of causing artificial panic which may be forced to be real if people are not vigilant. Truth, you are saying the Herald should tell the truth; which truth. The Herald is just telling the public about the rumours which I have also heard and which are truly being deliberately spread to create a wishful situation from nowhere so that our social equilibrium is disturbed to suit those who are against our sweet and deserved victory. Zimbabwe through the education facilitated by our Commander -in -Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, are now more vigilant than ever. We are now always on the alert mode because we know that the enemies are on a high gear.

  • tisu anhu acho

    MDC is lying abt everything thinking people will run to them.they want to frighten pple in case there is a re run of the election every one votes them fearing santions and hunger.MDC is full of threats and they are no different from a rapist who rapes at knife point.how can you can u say vote me or die from hunger?is that not a threat?whats free & fair about that threat?they quick to cry that people are intimidated by zanu pf.what do they call threatening people with sanctions?is that not intimidation emotionally?Morgan can not say anything without uttering his threats of 2008 situation which he brought upon Zimbabwe coz of his cruelness.who in his right mind makes people to suffer so that they vote for him?he only has his interest at heart.he does not care for anyone that man.

  • Kaguvi

    During his fruitless campaign tour in all 10 provinces ahead of the harmonised elections, MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai claimed the sanctions-induced hardships that ravaged Zimbabwe would return if his party was booted out of Government.

  • MANGWENDE WE CHINHOYI

    I now see the real need for this regulatory authority, ZERA. It is very important and I can for see more work for them in the near future because I have also heard of the rumours circulating and the way the rumours were being presented by different artists of doom. “ZERA will thus continue to monitor the fuel prices and any fuel licensees who charge beyond the price allowable in terms of SI 83 of 2009: Control of Goods (Petroleum Prices) will have their licenses cancelled in terms of the Petroleum Act,” she (ZERA chief executive Engineer Gloria Magombo) said. We urge all those responsible to give all the maximum assistance to ZERA because artificial alarms which will not be related to any energy cost drivers will be made to ring very loud. Do not forget that those behind this have the immoral financial muscle to do anything. Please Herald, keep up the good work which only evil sellouts are against, otherwise some bogus rural service station may jump to effect an increment resulting from such dangerous misinformation. This is also some form of social political violence which observers still present in Zimbabwe should note. Let us utilize our energy in developing our nation instead of creating insidious situations.

  • tisu anhu acho

    @ chokwadi
    but that has nothing to do wth zanupf winning the elections