By Caroline Nyamayaro:
Zimbabwe Energy Regulating Authority (Zera) has closed Maps Fuel Station on allegations for refusing to accept other forms of payment other than cash.
It had been reported that Maps was refusing to sell fuel to consumers with alternative payment such as EcoCash and swipe, citing “exorbitant” service charges which in turn affect their operations.
The closure was confirmed yesterday by Zera acting chief executive officer Eddington Mazambani.
In a press statement, Zera said Maps Fuel station’s possible breach of licence condition had led to its immediate shutdown as it was going against the agreement between Zera and service stations.
“It is a licenscing condition that all forms of payment should be accepted from customers at all retail sites.”
Previously Zera has closed two service stations over the same issue. These were Engen (Harare) and Ruyamura service stations in Glendale and Nzvimbo Growth Point.
Government previously warned fuel retailers against such misconducts, however, some service stations continue to demand cash or sell their products to the parallel market.