(Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government
on Thursday dismissed reports that the country is running out of
fuel stocks, saying it had adequate fuel supplies to meet local
demand, state news agency New Ziana reported.
rumors have been circulating on social media, alleging that fuel
stocks in Zimbabwe would soon dry up.
Permanent Secretary for Energy and Power Development Patson
Mbiriri rebutted the rumors, saying the country had more fuel
than it required despite a drop in imports in recent months.
"We have adequate stocks of fuel in the country and we will
continue to monitor the situation and take necessary measures to
ensure continuous fuel supplies," he said.
He said the decrease in fuel imports was due to reduced
demand by bulk fuel buyers that include industry and the mining
"It does not point to a shortage," he added.
On daily basis, Zimbabwe needs about 2.5 million liters of
diesel and 1.5 million liters of petrol but these figures have
been going down, Mbiriri said.
At least 90 percent of the country’s fuel is brought in by
pipeline, with the remaining 10 percent moved by road and rail.
Zimbabwe recently introduced tight import controls to curtail
the country’s huge import bill against low exports, a situation
government has said is also causing current cash shortages in
China releases funds for
Zimbabwe new parliament building
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
China has released an initial tranche of 46
million U.S. dollars for the construction of a new parliament
building in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, a Zimbabwe official has
"The Chinese government has released 46 million dollars for
the new parliament building in Mt. Hampden and right now work
has started on road construction and we hope that after two and
half years the new parliament will have been completed," Speaker
of Parliament Jacob Mudenda was quoted as saying by the
state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday.
China has pledged to construct the building for free. The new
650-seat parliament building will replace the current one that
was said to be too small for parliamentary business.
The speaker said space shortages in the current parliament
building, constructed during the colonial era, were forcing many
legislators to conduct business while standing in aisles.
"The current parliament that we are using can only cater for
120 people but now we have more than 270 legislators, so there
is a serious shortage of space in the House," he said.
The new parliament building is being built in Mt. Hampden, 18
km northwest of Harare and the site for a proposed new and
modern city to replace the current capital.
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