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power cuts worsen after election period
Tererai Karimakwenda, SW Radio Africa
August 16, 2013
power authority ZESA, has been accused of manipulating power output
during the 31st
July election period, by reducing unpopular load shedding during
come as the country returned to extended periods every day without
electricity, following several weeks of improved electricity output.
These massive power cuts, ranging from 8 to 15 hours daily, are
also coming without the usual load shedding warnings to domestic
and commercial users. Some areas were going without power for entire
Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) admitted in a statement that
it had reduced power output from 700 to 200 megawatts over the past
two weeks, due to the loss of four power generating units. ZESA
claims the situation is being made worse by ongoing plant maintenance
at Cahora Bassa in Mozambique.
The power utility
also confirmed that it increased power supply and minimized load
shedding in the period leading up the elections, by importing additional
electricity from the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). It claims
this was done to ensure the smooth running of elections, but some
observers dismissed the claim.
One of the critics,
Precious Shumba from the Harare
Residents Trust (HRT), told SW Radio Africa that residents did
not understand why power cuts had suddenly become worse when no
other relevant factors had changed.
officials have not been forthcoming in clarifying this position
except for their latest statement which was released yesterday,
saying it was because of their arrangement, ZESA needs to come clean
with what happened,” Shumba said.
He added: “Unfortunately
you will find that most Zimbabweans have become used to power shortages,
inconsistent water supplies, the corrupt practices of service provides
and policy makers and heavily potholed roads, which they see as
also linked the increased load shedding to recent statements made
by Vice president Joice Mujuru, suggesting that ZESA should cancel
more than $400 million in debt owed to the utility by domestic users
minister Ignatius Chombo had last month also ordered all 92 rural
and urban councils to write off debts owed by residents for rates
and bills from February 2009 to June 30 this year.
the Newsday newspaper, the outgoing Energy Minister Elton Mangoma
on Tuesday “accused politicians pushing for the scrapping
of electricity debts of seeking to benefit personally while hiding
behind poor citizens”.
have struggled to live with power cuts and water shortages since
independence in 1980, with the situation becoming worse over the
years. This is due largely to government neglect of the infrastructure,
mismanagement, corruption and the lack of political will.
it is the ordinary poor citizens who will continue to suffer the
most, while rich Zanu-PF chefs turn to expensive generators and
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