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Zesa loses US$8m equipment to vandalism

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Zesa loses US$8m equipment to vandalism

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SYDNEY MUBAIWA
MIDANDS BUREAU


GWERU – The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has lost US$ 8million through copper cable theft and vandalism of equipment in the last two years, a senior manager has said.
The power utility lost 288 transformers but Gweru residents said that all the vandalism was an inside job by Zesa’s workers.
Zesa general manager (Loss Control) Festo Madembo who was speaking at a stakeholder’s meeting in Gweru on Friday said vandalism was negatively affecting the power authority’s ability to deliver its mandate.


“We have witnessed with great concern continued vandalism of power supply infrastructure, a situation which has adversely affected our service delivery mandate.
“In the past two years (2020 and 2021), we recorded 1 237 cases of vandalism of power supply infrastructure and copper cable theft.
“We also lost equipment worth US$4,39 million in 2020 and US$4,406 million in 2021 translating to US$8 ,796 million,” he said.
About 230 people have been arrested for vandalism and copper cable theft and of these, 29 have been convicted for the crime so far,” he said.
Zesa is also grappling a financial crisis to meet a monthly foreign currency requirement of about US$17 million.


“As residents, we suspect that there are insiders in the company who have technical knowledge and are vandalizing the power utility’s equipment.
“We also blame the company for not urgently attending to faults and power supply problems which results in loss of lives and vandalism of these infrastructure,” said Michael Mashawi of Mkoba.
Recently a 10-year old boy was electrocuted to death by a fallen Zesa power line while herding cattle.https://masvingomirror.com/

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