President Emmerson Mnangagwa was reportedly interrupted when he was about to deliver his keynote speech at a leading Victoria Falls hotel on Thursday following a power outage.
The power cut occurred just a minute before President Mnangagwa when he was about to address delegates at the ongoing Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) congress currently underway at the Elephant Hills.
A generator was reportedly switched on about 30 seconds after the power outage.
A delegate to the Congress who spoke to Reuters said:
It was a strange moment and we all kept quiet as the hotel authorities tried to salvage the situation.
When power was restored, the president was ushered to the podium by industry minister Mangaliso Ndlovu.
ZESA is currently implementing stage 2 load shedding, which result in most parts of the country only receiving electricity eight hours a day, at night.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Fortune Chasi told journalist in Harare on Wednesday that the country is expecting power supplies from South Africa after paying US$10 million for previous power imports. Said Chasi:
The payment of the US$10m to Eskom is really the short-term measure that we can take to ensure that we have sufficient power and also that we address the load-shedding which is at the moment causing a lot of hardships to the public.
If we are going to get about 400MW, that would be very good because it is going to deal with the spike in consumption that we experience daily.