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Parliament puts Zesa in the spotlight

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Zesa’s service delivery comes under the spotlight on Friday when the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on State Enterprises and Parastatals embarks on a national tour to get views of the public on the performance of the beleaguered parastatal.

Chairman of the committee, who is also Zvishavane-Runde MP, Larry Mavima (Zanu PF), yesterday told NewsDay that the public hearings on Zesa were imperative as the power utility had not performed to expectations.

“We basically want to find out the major problems that Zesa is facing and their plans to address these concerns by citizens,” said Mavima.

“We also want to hear from the general public what their concerns are so that Zesa can go and address those issues, particularly in relation to power shortages, load-shedding and also lack of power in various centres including suburbs,” he said.

Mavima said some of the issues to be discussed with the public and Zesa management included conditions of street lights in townships and cities, as well as power for domestic users and the industrial sector.

“We want Zesa to hear it from stakeholders and we have invited the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, farmers’ unions, local authorities and the general public to attend the hearings.

“All the information that would be gathered from the general public and stakeholders will be compiled into a report to be tabled in Parliament and handed to Zesa and the Ministry of Energy and Power Development so that they clearly understand the issues raised by their customers,” said Mavima.

He said institutions like Zesa were public enterprises that belonged to citizens who must thus have a right to question the parastatals’ activities.

The parliamentary committee will visit Gweru, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Mutare and also hold another public hearing in Harare.

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