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with prepaid meters
Women's Institute for Leadership Development
April 04, 2013
have asked ZESA to remove pre-paid meters which were installed last
year. The residents feel that the new power system is too expensive
Most of the residents
feel that the new power system allows ZESA to cheat them of their
money. Some even claim that they did not want them installed in
their houses but did so because they were not given a choice. “Due
to this new power system by ZESA we are forced to spend many hours
standing in queues every week. $20 only buys my family of 8, 200
units, which can only sustain an average of 10 days,” said
a resident from Mpopoma.
outraged by the stance taken by ZESA when it comes to dealing with
their complaints. A resident from Kumalo suburb who refused to be
named said, “They are taking advantage of the already vulnerable
citizens. As it stands people are already struggling with other
social obligations such as school fees and yet they sell us electricity
at these absurd rates.” It was also a great inconvenience
to people during the Easter Holidays as there were no places open
to pay their tariffs. “ZESA should open sub-stations where
we could buy the units nearby such as post offices or grocery shops.
Standing in queues for over 4 hours is such an inconvenience especially
when we have other errands to run,” complained a lady resident
from Nkulumane 12.
However, the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Mr. Patson
Mbiriri, said the pre-paid meter system was using a staggered tariff
system opposed to a flat tariff to ensure that consumers minimize
Those who exceed the
300 units are charged at a higher charge of 15 cents per unit.
It is also useful for
power consumers to save electricity. Residents should also be in
the habit of switching off geysers after bathing because they also
consume more power. Power consumers should also make use of electric
jugs or kettles to boil water instead of boiling it in pots on the
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