The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), needs over US$40 million to replace more than 4 000 transformers, which have either been vandalised or have become obsolete across the country.
This was revealed by the power utility’s spokesperson, Fullard Gwasira. He also stated that over 1 000km of power lines have been destroyed by vandals.
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Speaking to State media, Gwasira asserted that the mandatory prison term of 10 years for electricity infrastructure-related crimes is not enough. He said:
We need at least US$40 million to replace vandalised and obsolete transformers throughout the country.
However, this seems not deterrent enough as we continue losing a lot of equipment to thieves.
Out of over 4 000 transformers and 1 000km of our lines that we have lost, more than 70 per cent mislay is through vandalism and that is a cause of grave concern.
I, therefore, wish that the mandatory sentence be increased to at least 20 years.
Gwasira urged ZESA clients who are in debt to pay up to enable the company to cater for maintenance of its lines and transformers.