Parly summons power firms over tenders

HARARE - Parliament has invited five power companies to clarify issues surrounding the awarding of tenders and aggregation on the sale of electricity pre-paid meters.

Among the companies summoned by the parliamentary portfolio committee on Energy to give oral evidence are Pito Private Limited, which is expected to brief the committee on tenders relating to the Zimbabwe Power Company and Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), while the Aura Group will also explain the aggregation of the sale of pre-paid meters.

ZETDC sold bid documents to private companies to supply smart metering equipment whose cost was estimated at around $100 million beginning 2014.

According to a schedule published by the august House’s information department, the Zimbabwe Power Company will also appraise the committee on the Mutare and Seke Peaking Plants.

“The parliamentary portfolio committee on Mines and Energy will again be sitting on Wednesday April, 27, 2016 in the Senate Chamber and the oral evidence will be given by ZETDC on Aggregators of Sale of pre-paid electricity units,” said Parliament’s public relations director Ellen Huwa in a statement.

Huwa added that “the State Procurement Board will also appear before the committee to give evidence   on tendering in the electricity sector”.

All the committee meetings have been made open to members of the public.

Power company Zesa rolled out an ambitious programme of 40 000 smart pre-payment meters  which it wants completed by the second quarter of the year as a way of improving revenue collection to fund initiatives aimed at improving supply.

The meters are being installed at both domestic and business premises including the small and medium sectors.

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