Zesa proposes infrastructure fee

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ZESA Holdings says it plans to exempt property developers at new residential sites from paying for power infrastructure development.

BY VICTORIA MTOMBA

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy in Parliament yesterday, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company managing director Julian Chinembiri said the reason customers were being asked to pay for power infrastructure was because the utility did not have enough resources.

“As a utility, we have proposed that an electricity Statutory Instrument for power to be charged on the selling of stands. The instrument will deal with urban areas,” Chinembiri said.

He said in the past, the installation of infrastructure on new developed areas was financed through loans from banks.

“In urban areas, Zesa is putting backbone infrastructures, although there is no instrument that people should pay,” he said.

“But what we have suggested is that before a new customer comes, if they have not contributed, they have to reimburse the initial contributor.

“When we look at our revenue as a company, it is not enough for infrastructure projects, but maintenance.”

Committee chairperson Lovemore Matuke, however, rapped Zesa for shortchanging customers with regard to infrastructure.