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Energy Minister Promises Improvement Soon in Delivery

Energy Minister Promises Improvement Soon in Delivery

23 March 2012

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma said power utility, ZESA, will soon ease load 
shedding after successfully upgrading generation capacity at Hwange and 
Kariba power stations.

Violet Gonda | Washington

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma said load shedding will ease across the 
country in the next few days after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority 
upgraded generation capacity at Hwange and Kariba power stations.

The minister, who was speaking Thursdays at an investment conference in 
Harare, also said plans are underway to disconnect defaulters who owe the 
power utility a total of $550 million in unpaid bills, money that can help 
ZESA settle huge debts owed to neighbouring countries for electricity 

Meanwhile, legislators traded insults in parliament Thursday following 
recommendations by Heya Shoko from the Tsvangirai-led MDC that defaulting 
lawmakers be barred from parliament.

There was an uproar when the Bikita West lawmaker went on to name and shame 
the major defaulters who he described as “ZANU PF MPS land grabbers”, such 
as  Chivi Central MP Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana  and Manicaland provincial 
governor Christopher Mushohwe who allegedly owe ZESA $74 000 and $367 000 

Director Precious Shumba of the Harare Residents Trust said poor management 
of public resources across the political divide, and a culture of impunity 
is contributing to the weakening of state institutions.

“It also exposes the failure of the debt collection system in ZESA Holding.” 
Shumba asked: “How could they allow such a situation to prevail where a 
consumer who is using electricity for free goes unchecked for such a long 
time, and wait for this outcry?”

Shumba said state establishments have to be strengthened as many officials 
fear victimization and abuse of power by senior civil servants, “but we have 
very weak institutions where people are only safeguarded because of who they 
know or which political party they belong to. That is the tragedy.”


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