Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba has chided lethargic government ministers for failure to invent quick solutions to people’s suffering while claiming to be working on endless “modalities” to remedy the situation.
The Zanu PF legislator was speaking in parliament this past week after Information, Communication Technology minister Jenfan Muswere had said government was working on modalities to increase the number of service stations that trade fuel in RTGS in the country.
Most service stations sell fuel in foreign currency with government often criticised for paying its workforce using local currency when the economic has, by default, dollarised.
Asked by Makoni Central MP David Tekeshe as to when government shall finally announce the list of service stations previously which have been designated to sell the petroleum product in local currency, Muswere said “modalities and frameworks are being developed currently”.
He added, “Last month, ZERA flighted an advert inviting fuel station owners and distributers who would like to participate in ZWL fuel supply facility.
“So far, 57 fuel station owners and distributers have responded and the first tranche of 15 distributers and fuel station owners are now working with ZERA and RBZ on modalities to ensure that it is water tight and that there are also conditions that should be attached to the distribution of the ZWL fuel facility.”
But the Zanu PF MP would not take any more modalities as an excuse for parking key programmes.
“…How many months is it going to take us working on modalities whilst people are suffering?
“We raised concerns over this issue when we were in Victoria Falls.
“We are not young children who can just be fed porridge, we are adults and Zimbabwean citizens who are using the local currency.
“It would be better for the honourable minister to tell people the truth with specific dates and within a certain time frame.
“It is important for us to have a specific timeframe than to continue speculating. This is affecting a lot of people who continuously hear about modalities that are being worked on.”
Working on modalities to solve existing problems, some urgent, has become a default excuse by a lot of lethargic government officials.