Tagwirei Left Scotfree As Govt Penalises 12 Dealers
11 December 2022
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Over 12 fuel companies have been penalised by government as the controversial Kudakwashe Tagwirei’s Sakunda Holdings was let off.

Kudakwashe Tagwirei

In 2016, APR, a US company won the Dema project through a proper tender system, and on the last minute the tender was reversed and awarded to Sakunda Holdings which is owned by Kudakwashe Tagwirei. The deal was worth USD1.2 Billion United States Dollars. The whole nation failed to come to terms with what led to the cancellation of the APR tender which was properly constituted by the tender board. In other words, the Dema project was controversially awarded to Tagwirei through his Sakunda Holdings subsidiary. Today, as we speak there is nothing at Dema project to show that GBP1.2 Billion was used including all the purchased generators and contractors, all the money went into the drainage, and they pocketed the GBP1.2 Billion, writes analyst Eric Muzamindo.

Th Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) has withdrawn licences of errant petroleum dealers while some service stations were fined for mixing fuel with water, the regulator’s 2021 annual report shows.

Zera said it conducted nationwide fuel quality monitoring activities in 2021 covering 592 sites from which 860 fuel samples were collected and tested, with 12 failing to meet standards.

Four blend samples and 8 diesel samples failed to meet specifications resulting in the prosecution of the retail sites in the year. The offending sites paid fines ranging from $20 000 to $200 000 and one of the retail sites had their licence cancelled,” Zera said.

Zera said there was a 34% increase in fuel sites visited for quality monitoring in 2021 compared to 2020.

Twelve retail sites were caught with fuel contaminated with water compared to three cases in 2020.

Of the 12 cases recorded in 2021, seven retail sites had low flash point diesel while three retail sites had low density petrol and two sites had water contamination.

“The authority received complaints from motorists concerning suspected fuel quality from 10 service stations. Investigations confirmed that one customer had received water-contaminated blend from a retail site, which has since been prosecuted,” Zera said.

“Three of the complaints were received out of time for Zera to take relevant samples for testing. Zera is stepping up consumer awareness of the authority’s quality testing services and is emphasizing the need for consumers to make prompt reports to enable timeous sampling of fuel batches in the investigations,” Zera said.

On the electricity side, Zera said distribution code compliance audits conducted in the year under review found that power utility Zesa was unable to connect customers within 21 business days largely due to lack of operational vehicles. Newsday