ZESA to disconnect debtors

Zimbabwe Holdings is to embark on a massive disconnection process in a desperate attempt to recover some $400 million from defaulting industrial, commercial and residential customers. Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma said this week some government ministers and senior civil servants were refusing to pay their electricity bills - with some owing as much as $100 000. Mangoma said Zesa would not spare anyone, irrespective of status, as it moves to recover the debts. He was givin


“This seems to be the only way we can recover the significant amount of money Zesa is owed,” a senior government official said.

Committee chairman Edward Chindori-Chininga said they had information that a Manicaland politician owed $100 000 while another senior official in the ministry of Energy and Power Development owed $30 000. Meanwhile Zesa is lobbying the ministry to ban incandescent lights in a move to ensure consumers make use of energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).

Research has shown that CFLs are up to four times more efficient. “The investment in CFLs is attractive. We will be spending $7 million to ‘generate’ 150 megawatts (MW), which roughly translates to about $50 000 per MW in capital compare to $3 million per MW on expansions,” said Zesa.

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