Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) employees in Kwekwe have given the government the middle finger, saying they were not obliged to follow its instructions.
The government has repeatedly issued explicit instructions to Zesa to allow residents to make arrangements to pay their outstanding bills without their power being cut off.
However, in the last few days overzealous Zesa employees have disconnected electricity supplies to households whose bills were in arrears. The affected areas include Masasa Park, Amaveni and Mbizo.
Residents whose bills run into hundreds of dollars have indicated their willingness to pay what they can afford, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Zesa authorities in Kwekwe have insisted on full settlements and reconnection penalties before supplies can be restored.
Insiders at the Kwekwe offices said Zesa staff had been warned that if they failed to force residents to pay their bills, their own salaries could not be guaranteed.
Zesa officials refused to comment on the allegations saying they were not allowed to speak to the press.
They, however, confirmed that they were vigorously continuing to enforce payments by way of cutting services to those whose bills had become overdue. By yesterday nearly half of Kwekwe’s residents were in darkness.