New energy minister for Zimbabwe as load shedding continues

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the appointment of Deputy Minister of Transport, Fortune Chasi, as the new minister of energy, as the country continues to face rotational power cuts and fuel shortages. 

Former Minister of Energy Joram Gumb has been reassigned to a newly created position in the president's office.

Zimbabwe started implementing planned load shedding on Monday, given low water levels at the Kariba Dam's hydroelectric power plant, generation constraints at local power stations and limited foreign imports. The country is also facing fuel shortages.

Gumbo had repeatedly blamed fuel shortages on the limited availability of foreign currency, saying this meant the country could not meet its import requirements for both diesel and petrol.

Zimbabwe imported $36.4m worth of petrol and $60.6m worth of diesel in February, but this fell short of requirements.