'State House ravaged by blackouts'

HARARE - Contrary to wide-spread belief that Zimbabwe’s Presidential State House is a celestial island immune to power outages tormenting the country, First Lady Grace Mugabe says those claims are anything but the “truth.”

Zesa Holdings has publicly come under fire from Energy minister Samuel Undenge following inconsistencies in their latest load-shedding schedule that gave other residential areas “preferential treatment”.

“I have instructed Zesa to come up with a fair schedule of load-shedding. There has been cases where some places were experiencing more load-shedding than others,” Undenge said recently.

However, Grace said if anything, the most protected house in the country was also experiencing persistent power cuts just like every other household in the country.

“We all know that these days magetsi anongodzima dzima, kune load-shedding. Vamwe vanoti kumba kwapresident hakuende magetsi, asi anoenda. (Some people claim Mugabe’s residency experiences no load-shedding but electricity is being cut everywhere),” she said addressing party supporters in Murewa on Saturday.

Grace claimed that a “lot of my items have broken down due to electricity failure”.

The national power utility — which has been battling power cuts for more than a decade — has failed to come up with lasting solutions to meet its increased energy demands, leaving thousands of hard-pressed Zimbabweans in the dark.

The Zanu PF women’s league secretary says government is not sitting on its laurels in efforts to ameliorate the low electricity supply that is seeing other households going for at least 10 hours of  power outages.

“…the government is not sleeping in trying to remedy the situation……Kune mapower stations ari kudyarwa nyika yese kuti tiwane magetsi (there are power stations being built and rehabilitated countrywide)….

“Ministers are working overtime to address the situation, sometimes we don’t see it. It’s as if it’s delaying but it’s because money is being looked for to address the situation.”

Zesa, which is owed at least $1 billion, claims defaulters are amongst a cocktail of challenges crippling efforts to generate power and pay for enough imports.

Zesa has over the years mounted a spirited campaign to force ordinary Zimbabweans to pay by disconnecting power in poor suburbs where unemployment is rife.

However, legislators from across the political divide, judges, provincial governors, ministers and their deputies and permanent secretaries have been known to be the biggest defaulters.

In 2012, the Daily News revealed that at a time the power utility was on a nationwide power disconnections campaign against defaulting consumers in domestic, commercial and industrial categories, Zesa had conveniently ignored the bigwigs, who were stratified under the so-called “sensitive customers”.

Among the highest debtors was President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, who owed Zesa over $345 000 as at December 31, 2011.

Comments (1)

Her majesty keeps her double penetration dildo charged via a large solar panel. Because the despot is partially deaf he cannot hear the incessant buzzing and the squeals of ecstasy.

Ian Scoones - 26 November 2015

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