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Zim energy minister gets the boot amid load shedding, fuel shortages

There are still long fuel queues at service stations, and this week the authorities launched a load shedding programme that has seen many suburbs going without power for up to eight hours a day.

FILE: A petrol attendant serves a motorcyclist with two jerry cans attached to his motorbike at a fuel station, on 11 January 2019 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Motorists are spending nights waiting in long queues for petrol and diesel as the country is experiencing crippling fuel shortages. Picture: AFP

HARARE - Amid worsening power and fuel shortages in Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has replaced his energy minister.

This move is likely to be met with approval by many in the business community.

There are still long fuel queues at service stations, and this week the authorities launched a load shedding programme that has seen many suburbs going without power for up to eight hours a day.

The fuel shortages show no sign of easing, as the country has been hit by severe load shedding this month.

Critics say power shortages were predicted months ago, and they could have been avoided if plans were made.

Mnangagwa replaced Jorum Gumbo with Fortune Chasi with immediate effect.

Chasi has a reputation for hard work and is well liked on social media.

After news broke of his appointment on Tuesday night, Zimbabweans took to Twitter to congratulate him.

Chasi promised to do his best but told his followers that his new job won’t be a walk in the park.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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