Energy and Power Development Minister, Mr. Elton Mangomaâ€™s alleged plot to block the mandatory blending of imported fuel with ethanol produced from Chisumbanje Plant has been unearthed, with sources claiming that he attempted to scuttle recommendations made by permanent secretaries to make the blending of fuel compulsory.
Impeccable sources revealed to ZBC News that Minister Mangoma allegedly attempted to block the crafting of a policy to make the blending of imported fuel with ethanol produced at the Chisumbanje Plant mandatory.
The sources revealed that 11 permanent secretaries from relevant ministries tasked with coming up with the blending framework had recommended for the compulsory 10% blending, but Minister Mangoma allegedly blocked the move.
According to the sources, the behaviour by Minister Mangoma sparked debate from a cross section of stakeholders prompting an inter-ministerial meeting that was held in Harare this Monday.
Efforts to get a comment from Minister Mangoma were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.
While details of the inter-ministerial meeting are still sketchy, it emerged that there was a heated debate during the meeting held at Ngungunyani Complex in Harare.
The ministerial committee which is chaired by Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr. Joseph Made, comprises 11 ministers including Minister Mangoma.
Analysts said if the inter-ministerial committee fails to break the impasse over the need for mandatory blending of fuel, the issue is likely to take centre stage in cabinet this Tuesday.