Struggling parastatal, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has warned that it will be forced to reintroduce power cuts and load shedding as it is struggling to make payments as well as to recover money owed to it. This comes as the government has blocked the power company from raising electricity tariffs by almost 50 percent from 9,86c per kWh to 14,64c per kWh.
Speaking to, The Zimbabwe Independent, Zesa Chief Executive Officer Josh Chifamba said,
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As you recall we have not done any load shedding since 2015 and if we then go back to 2015 when there was load-shedding, some of these customers were actually using diesel generators, which at that time was costing them about 40c/kWh, where we were charging 9,86c/kWh.
So we are not yet out of the woods in-so-far as supply situation is concerned. The supply situation is still very tight. If this resistance becomes the order of the day, ultimately we will not be able to supply and when that happens we have to start load shedding and what will kick in now are prices that are much higher than the prices we are asking for.
Our debt is now over a US$1 billion which is equivalent to about 400 days of revenue for us and that is not a healthy situation. Customers have a right to get electricity, but they also have an obligation to pay for it and that’s where we have been coming short and it does impact on our operations.
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