The government says it is committed to work with the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) and support its mandate to regulate the entire energy sector in the country in a fair, transparent, efficient and cost effective manner for the benefit of both customers and energy suppliers.

The major challenges ZERA is facing include the issue of fuel marking, failure to attract technical and professional personnel, foreign currency to procure goods and services, and pricing of liquefied petroleum gas and unsolicited bids.

This emerged during a tour conducted at the ZERA offices in the capital by Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Jorum Gumbo who commended the good work being done by the energy regulatory authority and promised to look into the challenges.

“We need to come up with solutions to expedite policies that address all the challenges being faced so far,” said Dr Gumbo.

ZERA Acting Chief Executive Officer Mr Edington Mazambani highlighted the issue of fuel marking remains as a major dilemma in their operations.

“In terms of qualified personnel, we are incompetent since some of the qualified personnel refuse to join us due to the situation in the country and we have very few female engineers,” Mr Mazambani said.

Dr Gumbo was accompanied by his deputy Cde Magna Mudyiwa and the permanent secretary in the Ministry Engineer Dr Gloria Magombo who also contributed in providing solutions to deal with challenges in the energy sector.