Harare City Council has demanded that the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) pay for municipal services, with the power utility said to be owing over ZWL$200 million to the council.
This was revealed by Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba to NewZimbabwe.com during a programme, The Agenda. Said Gomba:
We need to move away from the old tradition of getting municipal services and municipal land for free like what ZESA did.
In fact, the City of Harare and other municipalities should be the biggest shareholders in ZESA on the basis of what was taken away from them.
We are also taking this opportunity to ask ZESA to pay their bills. They are owing to the City of Harare in excess of RTGS$110 million.
They stopped paying royalties about 25 years ago and we own most of the buildings that they are using or are working in.
ZESA has, on the other hand, written to the council demanding to be paid ZWL$140 million.
Gomba insisted that ZESA owes council much more than what it is owed by the city fathers.