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Chiredzi businessman trucks impounded over smuggled fuel

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Chiredzi businessman trucks impounded over smuggled fuel


Garikai Mafirakureva

Chiredzi – Chiredzi fuel dealer, Trinity Mutsetse has been arrested allegedly after being found at his service station with smuggled fuel.
Mutsetse who owns several service stations in Chiredzi, Zaka and Mashava was nabbed at his garage in Chiredzi’s light industry last week for allegedly smuggling 90 000 litres of fuel from South Africa.
Three of his trucks were immediately impounded by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).
Mutsetse confirmed his arrest to The Mirror but refuted allegations that he was smuggling. He blamed his suppliers of fuel for having wrong papers for the fuel consignment.

Allegations are that Mutsetse tried to evade excise duty rates on diesel and petrol which are pegged at US0.30 per litre which amounted to US$27 000.
Mutsetse is said to have recently got his fuel licence from the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) after meeting its new fuel licensing conditions.
ZERA CEO Eddington Mazambani said that there is no law in the country where a fuel dealer found acting outside the law’s licence is withdrawn.
He said that Mutsetse’s case would be dealt through the ordinary law and by ZIMRA.

“I did not smugge any fuel. This was just a misunderstanding. It is our supplier whose papers were not in order.
“We were getting fuel from that supplier for over a year now, but we never encountered any problems with him, but unfortunately this time his papers were not in order. I hope everything will be sorted soon,” said Mutsetse.https://masvingomirror.com

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