Energy Minister Joram Gumbo has blamed social media for the return of fuel queues. The minister went on to say that’s one of the reasons why the government had shut down the internet, to stop the circulation of false rumours. Despite justifying the shutting down of the internet, the Minister went on to appeal to the authorities not to switch off the internet again as this made his work much more difficult. Said the Minister,
I have received messages that fuel is going to go up to $5 so the motoring public is again in panic mode. I do not know why our social media is doing that. This is why at one point internet was shut down. But I am not saying it should be shut down because it disturbs me a lot in my operations…The fuel price was already increased and it is not going to be increased to $5. So people are now rushing to fill up their tanks and at the same time causing panic to the motoring public.
Fuel queues have returned to Harare’s service stations after they had initially disappeared following a 150 percent increase in prices about two weeks back.