Zesa begs Mugabe over bills

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ZESA Holdings has reportedly engaged President Robert Mugabe’s office over the proposed scrapping of electricity bills, arguing the move would be disastrous.

STAFF REPORTER

Sources told NewsDay yesterday that the power utility’s top brass had held a closed-door meeting recently and agreed to engage the President’s Office over the issue of scrapping bills.

The meeting, according to one source, had come up with a position paper on the matter, which paper had been submitted to the President’s Office.

Yesterday, the senior official said: “We prepared a paper that we sent to the President’s Office raising those issues. Our argument is that the power utility cannot slash bills because it has got clients that have been ring-fenced and some of its customers make advance payments which leaves the utility at a precarious position as to how it will treat those customers.”

There have been suggestions from various quarters, including top government officials, that Zesa writes off customer debts as has happened with water andother utility bills.

Among those making this proposal are Vice-President Joice Mujuru and outgoing Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo who presided over the cancellation of local authority bills owed by individuals.

The Zesa management meeting concluded that it would be disastrous to scrap bills, hence the need to engage the President’s Office.

The source added that Zesa had a “legacy of debts worth half a billion dollars that includes debts taken over from Central African Power Company that used to be the purchaser of power in the country”.

Although top Zesa officials could not officially comment on the matter, they confirmed the meeting saying: “That is confidential . . . it has big names in it.”

Zesa spokesperson Fullard Gwasira, however, denied the power utility had approached the President’s Office. He said: “That assertion is baseless and incorrect. Zesa has in place very effective ways of communicating with our customers. I cannot comment any further on this issue at the moment.”

It could not be ascertained yesterday whether the President’s Office had received the letter.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said: “I am not aware of that. Zesa can’t do that since there is no minister. Why can’t you wait for President Mugabe to announce a Cabinet?”

Soon after ordering the scrapping of water bills by municipalities, Chombo said: “That’s the Zanu PF thinking that Zesa and Zinwa (Zimbabwe National Water Authority) should do the same on debts. How can you recover a seven-year-old debt? A debt was carried over, but what happened to the money that was in the banks before the adoption of the multi-currency regime? (Outgoing Finance minister Tendai) Biti took two years to pay farmers and in such cases, where do you think the people get the money?”

Experts have, however, expressed fear that any such move would affect the country’s financial capacity to import the much-needed power since domestic production was not enough to power the country.

Last month Zesa Holdings chief executive officer Josh Chifamba said the ongoing power cuts being experienced countrywide were a result of the decline in imports from neighbouring countries and maintenance work at Hwange Power Station.

Chifamba said the country had not experienced serious power interruption in the six weeks before the latest outages as it was receiving about 400 megawatts of power from Mozambique’s Hydro Cahora Bassa, while Hwange was working at full throttle producing 700 megawatts before suddenly dipping.

36 COMMENTS

  1. I wish I was a president. I would owe ZESA $350 000 and proclaim that all debts owed to ZESA be written off. Now that’s called having your cake and eating it too!

    • @Something Madambi
      That only happens in a dictatorship, like in the Gukurahundi Republic. Here in Mzansi, the President is not above the law!!

      • Gukurahundi upbringing, Zuma has not been taken to court even though Shabiar Shaik, the man who bribed him was sent to jail. Zuma subsequently had him pardoned. He has 700 charges pending.

        And by the way, R270 million was spend on Zuma’s private residency of Nkandla.

        Indeed Mugabe is one of the world’s foremost dictators and human rights violaters. But Zuma is no angel and yes, he is above the law.

  2. Zesa, tel one and local authorities cheated the public when they converted zim dollars to us dollars. It was day light robbery. I applaud the principled position taken by dr chombo. That was a job wel done.what surprises me though is the dead silence over tel one. We have criminals in that company. The public demands action there too

    • You must be ignorant of history, or maybe even failed history, or even have short memory, maybe even very short memory. Zesa did not convert any bills from Zim dollar era to the US dollars, check your facts first

  3. NOW WE WANT ALL DEBTS SCRAPPED OFF FROM ALL PARASTATALS INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING GVT SKULS ,HOSPITALS ,COLLEGE AND OTHERS. SUCH THAT IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER EVERYBODY MAY BENEFIT BECAUSE, ON LOCAL AUTHORITIES THEY SAID PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE MONEY AS IT WAS DIFFICUILT TO GET .

  4. Accrue as much arreas as you can, so long it is gvt or quasi gvt debt. I will file a case with the con court and all your arrears will be reduced to zero! Ndokusungukaka!!!!

  5. Zimbabwe is being run by economically illiterate and ideologically bankrupt bunch of people. Where did Chombo get his doctorate from. This is typical “Chinoi Oil Discovery” economics. Remember Chombo was one of those who visited the sangoma hoping to see oil flow from rocks. God help us all,

  6. zesa is no exception….if Harare City council can scap off Chitungwiza’s whatever millions…and thousands of Harareans bills owed to it by residents then surely zesa should comply…in fact people should look at it from Chombo’s point of view..if one cannot settle a debt of seven years how do u expect that person to pay? in fact writing off debts is a motivating factor for people to pay their bills at the end of every month. if the truth be told…most of the zesa bills were based on estimates, way beyond the reach of many..not withstanding the point that the power itself was in most cases not available…so please write off the bills and introduce prepaid meters in every house hold and lets take it from there…for the benefit of those who do not know our zesa bill is one of the highest in SADC and yet the rate of power cuts is there for any doubting Thomas to see for himself…ngaabviswe mazvikwereti okupenga sezvakaita vamwe…this is not politics…taneta nekuudzwa kuti maBritish akatibira hupfumi hwedu many centuries ago and yet we continue cheating eachother in our own mother land…next is telone……GUSHUNGO NDIZVO

  7. “That’s the Zanu PF thinking that Zesa and Zinwa (Zimbabwe National Water Authority) should do the same on debts-Chombo.

    Ma election promises pamberi nawo,kana zvanetsa let China genuinely come in and invest sezvairi kuita kumvura so that capacity improves,and costs go down.

    Iripiko look east policy apa?China is like a hen sitting on billions and billions of US$ reserves.
    Genuine investment,not tuma tuckshop twavari kusetta up votizazve nemari dzacho back to China.

  8. A debt that is not recoverable becomes a bad debt. Bad debts are written off to reflect the true picture of the Balance Sheet.

    • Balance Sheet? What about the Zimbabwean State balance sheet? Does it reflect the true picture of Zimbabwe? Everything in a state of disrepair :
      1) Waterworks
      2) Roads
      3) Railways
      4) Underutilised farms
      5) Decaying cities
      6) Near dying leadership
      7) Morgaged mineral resources
      Let me work now, otherwise I might spend the whole day, kkkkkkkkkkkkk!

  9. zesa bills should be cancelled yes together with these hospitals bills. Uku uri kurwara, they dont give you care, ma nurse rough badzi badzi asi bill kuuya very quickly. Mugabe hona nyika yako iyi.

  10. New Zimbabwe -kuzvarawa patsva zvitema zvedu zvichiregererwa zvikwereti being written off to off set our quad trillions dzanga dziri mubank.As a matter of fact every citizen should get a share from the Ownership schemes which one get trade so as to compensate the sufferings caused by high inflation.

  11. I guess this means if the scrapping of municipal debts is reversed, the Gukurahundis will have to stand down from government, as some of the “rigged votes” they got in recent elections were premised on them delivering on their election pledge to write off these debts. People will have to withdraw their votes and render the gukurahundi government illigitimate.

    POLITICIANS ARE CROOKS. ONE WONDERS WHY SOME PEOPLE HERE PLACE SO MUCH FAITH IN THEM!

  12. Chombo and the President will obviously have the last say in whatever resolution is made BUT we must realise that for bad debts to worsen it means peoples’ disposable income had gone done. For peoples disposable income to go down formal employment had become scarce. For formal employment to become scarce their government had made & implemented certain policies that created that situation. Unfortunately ZESA is a net importer of power and when they fail to pay for imported power, they are shut off. When they are shut off, they will shut me and you off as well and leave the fats cats on local power supply. When you don’t have power then you can not do your informal business requiring electricity. When you can’t do your business then……………………….well. You obvioulsy go back to your rural home.

  13. no matter the scenario, when the multi currency conversion were made banks scraped off people’s incomes and zesa ddnt which created an imbalance we entered the era without any income but huge debts, now guess what goes around comes around, why are they crying foul now……….however clearing all the debt isnt econimically correct though politically and laymanly it sounds nice….coz the effects are much worse lyk lazyboy has highlighted….Lord i thank you, for granting our leaders wisdom in handling such trival matters for the upliftment of our soceity n economy

  14. The whole idea of scrapping bills segregates among rate payers. How do I benefit from this policy as a rate payer who sacrificed to remain up to date with the bills?
    I guess I will be rewarded with a hike come January 2014 if not sooner.

  15. Amen,bills shld be scrapped off.zadzisa zvidozvevanhu sekutaura kwamakaita.I thnk dat should apply pese pese hospitals etc

  16. BILLS SHOULD BE SCRAPPED RIGHT AWAY. TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH WITHOUT SUPPORTING ANY POLITICAL PARTY, ZESA MADE IT WRONG FROM THE WORD GO. HOW CAN YOU START ON A HIGH SALARY THAT YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU CAN SUSTAIN. WHAT THEY ARE CRYING IS A DISASTER TO THEIR SALARIES, NOT TO US. SINCE ZIM $ THEY CRIED OF SHORTAGE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY, NOW THEY HAVE IT , WHY ARE YOU STILL CRYING. THIEVES. FOR RECORD SAKE, I STILL RECEIVE MY BILL FROM ZESA STATING ACTUAL READING DESPITE HAVING A PREPAID METER SINCE 2012.

    MR PRESIDENT, DONT LISTEN TO THESE THEIVES, YOU WOULD HAVE BETRAYED US.

    VIVA ZANU PF

  17. ZESA is not different from council let all bills be scraped including PTC,organisations must manage finance profesional ie salaries ,repairs maintenance and post profitability for future equipment upgrade.Manage sub contractors who are reaping the parastetals and posing a lot of suffering to consumers.in turn consumers shoulg get value for their money without subjudice.

  18. ZESA Boss doesn’t listen to anyone
    (1).In 2012 he was ordered by High Court to reverse transfer but he refused

    (2)Did not comply to statutory Instrument 50 of 2012 to award employees salary rise and went further to disobeyMagistrate who deliberated on the issue.

    (3)Now he is denying the V.P ‘s directive to wipe off/write Off debts….>>>{AMBORI ANIKO ANI CHAIZVO ..He Is Above Everything

  19. Le yimbuzi ephakamise umsila I wonder why people argue about these bills zanu knew about these and they knew the right time to scrape them off nxa sokufunakala isuport phela njengakhonapha kuma election iziphukuphuku zizaphikisana zize zithi nkosi phezulu. akusizo mali zabantu leziyana, aphi lawo magetsi ehlala engekho…… SIHAMBA SIHAWULE SITSHIY ‘ABANTWANA SIVALEL ‘ENDLINI….I ZAN ‘YAHAWULA

  20. Viva President Mugabe,we support you all the way. We thank u for bringing relief to us by scrapping council and electricity bills. Bob is my man!

  21. There was no conversion of billsfrom zim kwachaz to USD. Please get that right. The billing system just changed to usd currency. VIVA baba Chatunga endai futi ku Telone

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