ZESA rejects Delta transformer as water crisis persists

SIMBARASHE MTEMBO


MASVINGO – ZESA has despite a seething water crisis ravaging Masvingo refused to take a transformer offered by Delta Beverages to solve the problem.

Masvingo is entering its fourth week without water after a transformer at Lake Mutirikwi which pumps water to Bushmead Waterworks developed a fault. Delta then offered a new transformer to ZESA with arrangement for repayment but the latter turned down gesture.

Masvingo’s water demand is 45 mega litres per day but the local authority has been supplying 30 mega litres. Currently the supply on some days is zero forcing residents to spend nights fetching water at boreholes and workers in the city centre using alleys for toilets.

ZESA group acting stakeholder relations manager Prisca Utete confirmed to The Mirror that the country’s largest power supplier will not take the transformer offered by Delta.

“In line with the synergies that we share with our valued consumers and other stakeholders, ZETDC remains grateful and appreciate the kind and progressive gesture made by Delta Beverages. However, it is our duty as an organisation to maintain and replace all electrical infrastructure,” said Utete.

This has left Masvingo councillors frustrated and resolving to approach the Minister of State for Masvingo Ezra Chadzamira for intervention. The councillors, Sengerai Manyanga and Against Chiteme were so infuriated during their last council meeting on Monday that they accused the regional manager Jacqueline Hlatshwayo of sabotaging them.

“Hlatshwayo is sabotaging all council efforts to fix the transformer at the lake. The company refused an offer of a transformer from Delta. At the height of power outages, Hlatshwayo undertook to connect Bushmead Waterworks to the Bikita Minerals powerline which is not under load shedding. Residents blame us for water shortages when the problem is with ZESA,” said Manyanga. https://masvingomirror.com

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