FINANCE and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube yesterday revealed that the power cuts will only stop in the rainy season.
Delivering his Ministerial statement on the state of the economy in parliament on Wednesday, Minister Ncube said: “Due to lower water levels at Kariba Power station load shedding will continue untill the rains come, however, we are making efforts to import electricity from neighboring Mozambique.”
Harare and Bulawayo residents, especially those living in high-density suburbs, said they were now going for over 12 hours a day without electricity on a regular basis.
Harare Residents’ Trust (HRT) director Precious Shumba said Zesa was not being truthful about the “load-shedding”.
“The HRT urges the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) to be honest and accountable to electricity consumers,” he said.
Opposition politician and LEAD president Linda Masarira has called the load-shedding “counter-productive”, and called on new Energy minister Fortune Chasi to come up with a better plan.
“This load shedding is counter productive. Electricity was cut yesterday at 13:23 and reconnected at 23:39. Less than six hours later electricity is gone again. Since Monday we have only had electricity for less than 24hrs in 4 days. Fortune Chasi, this is not sustainable at all!”
Zesa spokesman Mr. Fullard Gwasira is on record saying unless Kariba Dam catchment areas in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo receive rains, the situation would be dire.
“Kariba is a hydro station and requires water so up until there are significant inflows into the lake the current generation pattern will subsist. The patterns that we depend on are not from Zimbabwe, it is from Zambia and DRC. Their significant rainfall upkeep should be able to rejuvenate the situation as the year progresses.”
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has introduced an up to 10-hour load-shedding regime across the country due to lower water levels at Kariba Power Station.