The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has been given the green light to increase electricity tariffs as the current charges have become uneconomic.
Not only are the current tariffs too low, but the power utility is also owed more than $1 billion by its customers.
Responding to a question by Kambuzuma legislator Willias Madzimure who had asked what the government will do about defaulters, Energy Minister Fortune Chasi said:
We are working on improving or increasing tariffs. There must be a serious relationship between generational power and the rate at which people are charged.
We want to increase the number of people on pre-paid power to look at exactly how much is owed to ZESA. We are not at the point where the majority of our consumers are on pre-paid meters.
Chasi had revealed the previous day during a post-Cabinet media briefing that some hotels in Victoria Falls shall be forced to settle their electricity bills in foreign currency.