Government has threatened to take sterm actions against fuel dealers who had hiked their prices saying the act was unjustifiable and selfish.
Energy minister Fortune Chasi told a post cabinet press conference that action will be taken on those found doing illegal things in the fuel sector such as holding the commodity as well as hiking petrol and diesel.
“We will take measures to protect the people from such selfish acts. it is pure selfish. I believe in consultation and not this idea of just doing things to fix the suffering masses,” said Chasi
On Tuesday the minister was forced to read the riot act dealers after some hiked the price from RTGS$4.87 for diesel to RTGS$7.77 and from RTGS$4.97 for petrol to RTGS$7.87.
Although he could not dispel talk that fuel prices were set to be reviewed, Chasi said such an act should be done after consultations.
Chasi stated that it was selfish to charge fuel in USD at the time when most people earn in RTGS and any price increase should be through consultation.
On Tuesday social media was awash with indications that the price of fuel had gone up.
Cabinet also discussed the price increase of basic goods and services alleging that this was driven by the parallel USD market which authorities alleged that was being influenced by the Old Mutual market shares.
“Of great concern to cabinet is the fact that the price increases are apparently being fuelled by the parallel market rate. Government is nonetheless working around the clock to address the issue of price hikes in order to alleviate the suffering of its citizens,” said Monica Mutsvangwa the minister for Information and Publicity.