Last week, Energy and Power Development Minister, Samuel Undenge, was unable to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which Zimbabwe would purchase almost 600 MW of excess electricity from South Africa. The MoU could not be signed because Undenge had not consulted the Attorney General to get legal advice. Undenge and his permanent secretary Partson Mbiriri were advised by senior officials that all government contracts need the go ahead from the Attorney General.
A source who talked to the Financial Gazette said:
The Minister was ready to sign the MoU but was told not to because the AG, who has the legal oversight over government contracts, had not been consulted,
Under the terms of the proposed deal, Zimbabwe would buy electricity at a much lower rate than the US$0,13 per kilowatt hour (kWh) Eskom is currently charging.
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