Police bust black market fuel syndicate in Mutare, recover 2000 litres


Police in Mutare have arrested five illegal fuel dealers and recovered 2 000 litres of both diesel and petrol that had been channelled to the black market, according to the Manica Post.

Those arrested were George Muchinjiko of Dangamvura, Mountford Sibale also of Dangamvura, Wilbert Shungu of Dreamhouse, Freddy Charamba of Chikanga and Admire Rakabopa of Sakubva.

Muchinjiko was arrested at Clan Garage where he was selling petrol for $4 per litre. Police recovered 100 litres of fuel.

Sib ale and Sheng were arrested along Riverside Road selling diesel at $2.60 per litre, while Charamba was nabbed at Nyika Garage with 800 litres of diesel and 20 litres of petrol. He was selling petrol at $3.40 per litre and diesel at $4 per litre.

Rakabopa was arrested at Fashu Garage. He had 400 litres of diesel which he was selling at $5 per litre.

During interrogations and interviews police discovered that the illegal fuel dealers were conniving with service station managers and fuel attendants to divert fuel to the black market.

Zimbabwe has been experiencing a shortage of fuel in the past three months and some service stations are now selling it if US dollars.


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