Cabinet has appointed an inter-ministerial committee to help Energy Minister Fortune Chasi to deal with the energy crisis that has gone out of hand, affecting business and ordinary consumers.

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Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told journalists during a post media briefing in Harare on Wednesday that the committee comprising several ministers will be expected to come up with a collective approach to deal with the crisis.

"The inter-ministerial committee will be charged with the facilitation of a collective approach to resolve the energy and power challenges we are facing in the country,” she said.

The team comes as the energy crisis has worsened and companies are failing to adjust with some of them having closed down.

Chasi is in South Africa for discussions with the South African power utility, Eskom on ways of improving power supplies to Zimbabwe. 

Government said it was expecting the country’s fuel challenges to ease as measures were being taken to increase product availability on the market. 

Mutsvangwa said: "A total of 40 million litres of the combined fuel product is currently being pumped into the country."

Last month, ZESA paid US$10 million to Eskom towards paying off its debt that stood at over US$33 million.

The price of fuel went up again this week, making it the fifth time since the beginning of the year. 

This came as Zimbabwe’s inflation soared to its highest level in a decade, hitting an annual 175% in June.