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Zesa mum on chefs’ electricity bills

Zesa mum on chefs’ electricity bills

By Sharon Muguwu, Staff Writer
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:31

HARARE – State power utility Zesa Holdings has refused to explain its 
stratification that has seen cabinet ministers and other top government 
officials owing thousands of dollars in electricity bills exempt from 

There seems to be a conspiracy of silence between the relevant minister 
Elton Mangoma and Zesa Holdings as they are throwing the matter to each 

Mangoma told a parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy last 
week that Zesa Holdings is moving to disconnect legislators that had 
defaulted on the power bills.

The threat prompted counter-accusations from the Mines and Energy committee 
chairman Edward Chindori-Chininga that the permanent secretary in the 
ministry of Energy and Power Development Justin Mupamhanga actually owed 
Zesa Holdings more than $30 000 and he was not switched off.

He further said Chris Mushohwe, the Manicaland governor owed well in excess 
of $100 000 but he was not switched off.

The disclosures provoked furious responses from Zesa Holdings’ ratepayers 
who protested the stratification of customers in terms of disconnections.

The revelations come at a time the company has been switching off ordinary 
people for bills as low as $50.

Fullard Gwasira, the company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

“On that issue, I have nothing to say. You will have to talk to the minister 
of Energy as he knows what will be done,” he said.

The minister was also tongue-tied when asked by Chindori-Chininga why the 
chefs were being exempt from the disconnections.

Ruvimbo Moyo, a Harare ratepayer expressed disgust at the disclosures.

“It is really unfair what these people are doing,” she quipped. “Last year I 
owed Zesa (Holdings) $70 which I had been trying to clear since 
dollarisation and they switched me off.

“I was appalled when I learnt that these top officials owe Zesa that much. 
It is just unfair and all of them have backup generators at their homes. 
Honestly how does a bill run up to $30 000 and Zesa do nothing about it?”

The ordinary residents have had to contend with rolling power outages and 
estimated bills.

At the beginning of this month, Mozambique’s Hydro Cabora Bassa threatened 
to stop supplies to Zimbabwe over a mounting debts estimated at $94 million 
for electricity imports.

Zesa Holdings owes about $800 million in legacy debts, but Mangoma said the 
utility does not have money to settle the bill.


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