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Write off ZESA bills based on estimates: Residents

Write off ZESA bills based on estimates: Residents

Residents here have implored the State Enterprises and Parastatals 
parliamentary portfolio committee to order the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply 
Authority to write off bills based on estimates – saying they are unfair.
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Speaking at a meeting held by the committee to collect views of ZESA clients 
on the operations of the parastatal, angry residents said they had been 
receiving “out-of-this-world bills from ZESA” based only on estimations, and 
not accurate readings.

“For the past four months I have been away – but what is shocking is that my 
bills show figures that are more than those I would have when living at 
home. To me it sounds very unjustified to have a bill marked as an estimate 
with astronomical figures,” said Charles Mabasa from Gweru’s plush suburb of 

Other residents said it was high time ZESA doubled efforts to allow the use 
of pre-paid meters. The meters allow consumers to make prior payments for 
exact units of power they intend to use for a particular period and top up 
on a needs basis.

“Pre-paid meters are important to us because they give a fair charge per 
particular amounts of electricity. ZESA should simply introduce them and 
stop this unfairness on estimated bills,” another resident said.

Larry Mavhima, the chairperson of the committee, promised that all concerns 
would be forwarded to other stakeholders and debated in parliament for 

“Feedback on progress on that matter will be brought to the people by their 
MPs,” said Mavhima, who is also the legislator for Zvishavane- Runde.

ZESA spokesperson Fullard Gwasira has said while everything was being done 
to introduce pre-paid meters, the power parastatal at the moment is not able 
to ensure that it collects actual meter readings in all households across 
the country due to lack of manpower.

He said the matter was being looked into, and urged consumers to use 
electricity sparingly and pay their bills to ensure that ZESA was enabled to 
ensure adequate supplies.


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