Resurfacing fuel queues a cause for concern

EDITOR — It’s sad that of late fuel queues have resurfaced in most parts of Harare and other urban areas.

This is a serious cause for concern.

It is unfortunate that when we start seeing long queues at service stations we are reminded of the shortage of basic commodities as was the case in 2008.

Government needs to act now and if need be admit that they have failed and make sure that those who are able to lead this country are elected or appointed before things get out of hand.

Your story published last week about fears of fuel shortages as a result of the biting foreign currency shortages proves you were spot-on.

Most people are aware that fuel in this country is already very expensive compared to other neighbouring countries.

I hope Zimbabwe is not heading back to the 2008 situation when people had no money and were forced to sleep in fuel queues.

Our leaders I am sure are aware that things are not well in this country and this is evidenced by the number of vendors on the streets and the basic commodities from sugar, soap, rice cooking oil that have all of a sudden flooded the streets.

If fuel, just like other commodities becomes more available on the black market that would really be sad.

According to press reports, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) insisted there was no need to panic as the country is holding enough stocks to supply the market.

However, most service stations are struggling to keep up with demand, with some locations running out of supplies this week.

Both the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up this week raising warning bells to locals of the tough times ahead.

One wonders why the RBZ would say there are sufficient stocks when the situation on the ground is proving otherwise.

In my opinion it would be best if the government and all responsible stake holders stop politicking and address this serious issue before the country goes to the dogs.

The situation is already very serious as most Zimbabweans do not have cash at hand because of the liquidity crisis.

The shortage of fuel has many unpleasant repercussions such as the increase in prices of basic commodities.

It’s sad the country’s leadership has chosen to stay in denial and almost always  refuses to face reality.

Already the prices of most basic commodities have been increasing due to cash shortages and the devaluation of the bond notes, yet they don’t seem to take note of all that.

My prayer and hope is that the government will do something before we go back to the 2008 situation.



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