“ZESA Stealing Electricity From Consumers During Load Shedding,” ZESA Responds

Zimbabwe power utility, ZESA Holdings has responded to reports that the authority was stealing consumers’ electricity units during load shedding saying that the allegations were baseless. Below is trhe power utility’s statement in full.


The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has noted with concern the false, mischievous and misleading messages that are circulating through WhatsApp to the effect that the power utility is “stealing” electricity units from prepaid meters during load shedding and would like to set the record straight as follows:

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(i) When there is load shedding, there is no electricity that will be flowing through the customer’s meter. The meter, just like any other electrical appliance, requires electricity for it to turn and there is no way the meter will be able to turn in the absence of power.

(ii) Just like a motor vehicle’s odometer which only turns when a vehicle is in motion, a prepaid electricity meter can only turn when it is powered by electricity, therefore it boggles the mind how and why ZESA would “steal” electricity units, particularly during load shedding.

(iii) ZETDC has 663 343 prepaid domestic consumers on the national electricity grid and their interests are well protected by sound business ethics and practices which observe the principles of corporate governance in service provision. The Utility does not engage in activities which are to the detriment of its customers,

ZETDC advises its customers to disregard these malicious messages with the contempt that they deserve, as they seem to be targeted towards causing alarm and despondency.

ZETDC assures customers that they should not panic as their purchased units are safe.

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One Comment on ““ZESA Stealing Electricity From Consumers During Load Shedding,” ZESA Responds

  1. 663 343 meters @ ZW$300 (minimum) per month = ZW$199 Million/month revenue. How can they say they are struggling to fund the external debt plus local maintenance costs. Management needs to be brought to book. Think funds being syphoned.

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