Parliament summons Mavhaire

HARARE - Energy and Power Development minister Dzikamai Mavhaire has been summoned to Parliament this week to explain the intensifying electricity shortages.

The motion was moved by MDC legislators James Maridadi  of Mabvuku- Tafara and Gift Chimanikire of Southerton.

The legislators have recommended that the parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy conducts an urgent inquiry into the energy sector. Chimanikire said they were expecting Mavhaire to come Parliament to debate the motion on electricity shortages, which have adversely affected the nation.

“Logically, he is expected to sit through the debate and hear the points and facts from legislators’ contributions and then he gives the government policy response to Parliament,” Chimanikire told the Daily News. 

“The nation needs to know what is happening and it is important for him to brief Parliament on the issue.
“We are also worried by the ever-increasing gap between demand and supply and these are issues we expect the minister to respond to in Parliament.”

Maridadi said citizens were alarmed by the intermittent power cuts to both domestic and commercial consumers as a result of load-shedding and power faults.

He was also concerned by the lack of capacity by Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) to generate enough electricity for the country.

The lawmaker also highlighted the lack of capacity to attend timeously to faults and the flight of qualified and experienced personnel at Zesa, which has adversely effected the electricity supply industry.

Zimbabwe requires  2 200 megawatts (MW) per day while Zimbabwe Power Company  (ZPC,) a subsidiary Zesa Holdings mandated with electricity generation, is producing about 861 MW, with 150 MW being  exported to Namibia as repayment of a loan paid to refurbish Hwange Power Station.

The load-shedding programme is expected to run until February 2014 and it is affecting homes, business and industries countrywide. Only major hospitals and strategic facilities are being excluded.

Comments (7)

Summoning Mavhaire to Parly is not going to solve the power shortagess. ZESA needs massive funding to upgrade, maintain and build new infrastructure and the current Govt has no hope of ever securing the kind of cash required. ZESA's problems started when the ZanuPF appointed board removed Mangwengwende and installed Gata as both CEO and Chairman. Maridadi was spokesperson for ZESA when the utility devoted a lot of cash to "switching ceremonies" which cost the company a lot of money that could have been used elsewhere and he knows the root cause of all these shortages.

Disaster - 15 October 2013

@Disaster you are damn right but you forgot to tell us that the power stations where built way back before independence to supply only a handful of those who could afford then & the few whites. I am one of those who grow up in town but we had no electricity until my father saved and installed power at home. Rio Tinto wanted to put up a big power station and coal mine at Chitekete in 1990 but they refused to part with Z$10million then under the table to get the go ahead and the deal fell through. I remember well that companies like Triangle, Sable Chemicals & Zisco wanted to be a part of it but did not have the required capital hence the partnesrship with Rio Tinto. Corruption was creeping in at an alarming rate then but still manageable coz it was the top guys only who were doing it. The power station was supposed to give the country at least 2000mW then and we would still be enjoying excess power till now. Tell me the economic sense of sending 150MW to Namibia at less than a third of the importation price. Did the R40million from Namibia really go to the resfurbishment of Hwange Power station, if so why has ther been no improvement in power output from there and why another major shutdown so soon after completing the refurbishment? If this is not treason then I do not know what will be since it affects the security of the nation. Diamond mines should pull resources and build a power sation of their own and Zesa should give back power stations to local authorities to run (I mean Hre & Byo), I am sure they would do a better job than this comradeship thing. They need more power for this is where most industries are.

Qawe laMaqawe - 15 October 2013

The above commentators are talking sense.Can the powers that be humble themselves and take advice

Leon - 15 October 2013

Bhora mugedhi! Kikiki!! Indigenise, Empower, Develop and Create Employment

Handei Mberi - 16 October 2013

Ask them what they did to Smith's 25 year development plan which he gave them as he left governement in 1999. I read the book and projects which could see us having enough power even to power up Harare to Beitbdridge Highway. But veku turaista naizvozvo vacho manje ndivo vatinongoziva kuti vakaona vanhu 10 vanoti i 1000. Vakaona 1200Megawatts vakati vaona 1 million megawatts. indigenise, empower, develop and employ.

Maita Manyuka - 16 October 2013

Point me one head in Team Zanu (PF) who is humble and has a heart to listen and swallow his or her pride in preference to better ideas from whatever quota. There is a big corruption demon that has gripped these guys. Follow Strive Masiyiwa an hear him the horrors of corruption he has to bear the brunt of elsewhere in Africa and ask yourself could be potentially happening or has back in home country. Zvino nhamo haisarudzi companies are closing right now as we speak and hakuna Zimbabwe yeTeam Zanu naMorgan, tichakwata until we wake up and take back the power. Do you think these guys really lose slip over the direction this country has taken. Vanongogovana ngoda, haidi mvura yekunaya magetsi ikoko haaende ivo votumira vana vavo zvikoro zvirikunze kwenyika isu votiimbira masanctions. Who in there has the brain to steer a program to create 2 million jobs!

Handei Mberi - 16 October 2013

Any intellectual who has followed the politics of this country can create a high sounding Election Manifesto, steal the ballot but running an economy to deliver food, quality life and service delivery hazvina chitsotsi! Takatarisa hapana inclusive government yakabuda apa taizonzwa nhamo nekuimbirwa dsyfunctional, dsyfunctional. Tongai tione takatarisaka tozoda kunzwa kuti 2018 munenge muchitii?

Handei Mberi - 16 October 2013

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