The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and Bulawayo City Council (BCC) are refusing, failing or neglecting to cut down electricity conducting tree in Magwegwe, Bulawayo.
The tall tree which is reportedly interfering with a high voltage ZESA power line in the area is posing a serious threat to residents who are experiencing electric shocks when they touch water taps and walls of their houses.
Residents say they have reported the matter to the local power utility which referred them to the local government authority.
Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters Zimbabwe (EFF Zimbabwe) Bulawayo provincial chairperson, Martin Ncube said several houses in the high-density suburb have been affected by the problem. He said:
There is a tall tree which is in the boundary of the houses. This tree is disturbing ZESA lines which cause some houses to experience electric shocks on walls and water taps.
This has affecting a number of houses and residents are afraid that one day we might lose lives through electrocution.
When the residents went to report to ZESA, they were told to go back to the city council. The residents are now confused because the two organisations are refusing to accept responsibility.
His remarks were echoed by another resident, Mildred Ndlovu who said they have for a long time been pleading with ZESA and BCC to cut the tree but no action has been taken so far.
Ndlovu said Each time they get in contact with either water or any metal object, they experience electrical shocks adding that the vibration from the power line at times is also unbearable.