Zesa continues power cuts

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The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has vowed to continue disconnecting electricity to defaulting consumers saying this was the only way to make people settle their bills.
Last week, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company — which is a subsidiary of Zesa Holdings — issued a statement advising residents in the western region, which includes Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South provinces, that defaulting customers would be disconnected with effect from July 12.
In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, the Zesa public relations manager Fullard Gwasira said most residents were not forthcoming in making concrete arrangements for payments.
“We have tried to communicate with consumers and have given most of them enough time to settle their bills.
“We have also always encouraged residents to approach our offices to make payment arrangements, but some people will not even approach our offices with their grievances, they will simply go for months without paying,” he said.
Gwasira said due to residents’ lack of response, they had resorted to disconnections.
“The Minister of Energy and Power Development had initially given a deadline of up to the end of the World Cup.
“We are therefore reviewing the option and if we realise that residents are still not forthcoming, disconnecting is the only way we can make people settle their bills,” he said.
Gwasira said that in some areas, disconnections had already begun.
“In some areas, we have already started disconnecting residents who have not settled their bills for a long time.
“We continue to urge residents to go and settle their bills or make concrete payment arrangements before they are disconnected,” said Gwasira.
The disconnection exercise is already underway with defaulters in Gwanda being switched off on Tuesday.
Almost the whole town was plunged into darkness when Zesa cut its supplies, forcing most businesses to use generators to mitigate the effects of the disconnections.
The most affected areas include Phakama, Senondo and Spitzkop suburbs.