The Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association (BPRA) has sent a petition to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, the Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo and to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai asking them to stop Zesa from disconnecting power to consumers.
BPRA coordinator Rodrick Fayayo told NewsDay yesterday that they were expecting a response to the petition by end of the week.
“We have sent a petition to Moyo and Tsvangirai seeking an order to stop Zesa from disconnecting electricity supplies to consumers, as well as to comply with the Competitions and Tariffs Commission (CTC) ruling,” he said.
The CTC last year ordered the power utility to reduce its tariffs following an investigation into allegations that Zesa was abusing its monopoly.
The BRPA coordinator said residents felt that Zesa did not take seriously their initial petition as none of the issues in the petition were addressed.
In September last year, scores of Bulawayo residents marched to the Zesa offices and handed over a petition with demands including a revision of the utility’s billing system.
They were also demanding that the parastatal complied with the CTC ruling.
More than 300 households in Bulawayo’s Cowdray Park suburb were left in darkness on Monday after Zesa disconnected power from defaulters.
Defaulting residents owed the power utility between $200 and $400.
Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira said he would look into the issue.