Root out bogus fuel dealers

This journalist can reveal that petrol wholesalers and retailers in the Midlands are insisting that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) find and root out bogus fuel dealers.

Godfrey Nyarufuro

Godfrey Nyarufuro

At a presentation made at the Petroleum Stakeholder workshop held at the Village Lodge last Thursday, regional Midlands Petrol Trade representative, Godfrey Nyarufuro decried, what he called, the ever rising number of unlicensed fuel syndicates.

“I would like start by thanking ZERA for publishing the list of registered fuel traders. However, I believe that ZERA must take it upon itself to educate the public on the risks that they are taking by buying fuel from unregistered traders. Unregistered traders sell contaminated fuel and use unorthodox means in order to stay in the market,” said Nyarufuro.

Nyarufuro also said that members of the public must be informed of the dangers of unsafe fuel storage at their homes.

TM Transport MD, Temba Musekiwa expressed concern over expensive petroleum prices in the country: “The local retail sector is over traded. There are already too many petrol service stations in the country. The ZERA should look into why they keep issuing more licenses, is it for revenue or competition? We need to know,” questioned Musekiwa.

The workshop was attended by stakeholders such as the Environmental Management Agents, Petroleum and LPG Companies such as ZUVA, Engen, BOC, Grupo Delfines, Trade Measures, Petromoc Exor and various service stations.

An Act of parliament mandates the ZERA to regulate the procurement, production, transmission, distribution, importation and exportation of energy derived from any energy source.

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