President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that Mozambique is ready to discuss the possibility of increasing electricity supply to Zimbabwe.
Mozambique’s Hydro Cahorra Bassa, like South Africa’s ESKOM, stopped supplying Zimbabwe with electricity citing huge debts Zimbabwe has not been servicing.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 12th Extraordinary Summit on the Continental Free Trade Area after discussions with his Mozambican counterpart, President Filipe Nyusi, the president said:
My minister will go to Mozambique. I discussed with the President of Mozambique, Nyusi (my brother) and they are ready for us to discuss the issue so that they can also increase the supply of energy from Cahora Bassa to Zimbabwe on terms which are comfortable to us.
The Herald also reports that the president had similar discussions with the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the sidelines of the same summit, to see if Eskom could resume electricity supply to Zimbabwe. The two deals are expected to ease power shortages once they materialise.
Zimbabwe is generating about half of its electricity needs due to shrinking water levels at Kariba dam and ageing machinery at Hwange Thermal power station.
Resultantly, power utility, ZESA, introduced a power cut timetable which has seen most parts of the country going without power for about 17 hours daily.
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