Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has shifted the blame of excessive power cuts that are so apparent in the country to vandalism of ZESA property from the Kariba water rhetoric.
Rudairo Dickson Mapuranga
Last week, the national power utility through its official Twitter handle announced that vandalism has become a major problem which has resulted in extended periods of power blackouts, stretching up to 20 hours a day.
The power utility urged citizens to protect ZESA infrastructure by reporting all suspected theft cases to the police immediately in order to get rid of the current electricity deficits.
ZESA in this regard advised citizens to work with them vigilantly thus, by so doing they will be fulfilling a national duty.
“Many electricity consumers are going for long periods without power as a result of vandalism which can be reduced if citizens are vigilant & play their part in protecting ZESA infrastructure..” reads the tweet.
Zimbabwe has been experiencing excessive power cuts for nearly 6 months now with the power utility at first blaming Kariba water levels, thereafter shifting the blame to Eskom’s withdrawal.
Zimbabwe’s electricity challenges intensified as a result of different factors. Among them is the well-known fact that the nation has the capacity to generate 3000MW through its 5 known power stations like Kariba, Hwange, Munyati, Bulawayo and Harare, however, the country is only generating less than 300MW according to inside sources. ZESA requires a minimum of 1400MW in order to power all its customers in Zimbabwe, this will help to alleviate the power blackouts that are dominant in the country.