Zim power woes deepen as Mozambique threatens cut off

Mozambique has threatened to cut off its power supplies to Zimbabwe, over the country's multimillion dollar debt to its neighbour, which could leave Zimbabwe facing even more power problems.

Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Basa power plant supplies Zimbabwe with about 500 megawatts to cover shortfalls, with the national Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) battling to generate the growing demand of between 1900 and 2200 megawatts of power. ZESA is said to be generating only up to 1200 megawatts currently and has been importing power from neighbouring Mozambique and from the DRC to cover the shortfall.

But the national power supplier has been unable to pay its debts and it has since been reported that Mozambique was threatening to cut off its supplies.

ZESA spokesman Fullard Gwasira, who was quoted by CAJ news, said demand for power was increasing and they were in the process of finding ways of boosting power generation.

"ZESA Holdings, through its subsidiary companies the Zimbabwe Power Company and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company, are pursuing various projects and measures to boost the electricity supply situation in Zimbabwe to achieve security of power supply," he said.

The country has been battling intermittent power supply for years, with ZESA being just one of many national services that have all but collapsed after years of mismanagement under the Mugabe regime. – SW Radio Africa News

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