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Zimbabwe Power Utility to Write-Off Customers' Debts

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) says it will next month slash customers’ debts amounting to $170 million.

ZESA spokesman Fullard Gwasira told VOA Studio 7 domestic customers will have a debt relief of $160.00 each, amounting to $90 million countrywide while farmers will enjoy $80 million worth of debt relief.

This development comes barely a month after local authorities were ordered by Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo to write-off residents’ debts dating back to 2009.

ZESA is owed more than $500 million by its customers.

Gwasira said the one-month relief is an early Christmas present for struggling consumers.

He said the relief will also help revive the economy and the ailing agricultural sector.

“We have also advanced this assistance to all orphanages, old people’s homes and welfare organisations such as the Jairos Jiri and Capota School of the Blind, so we have looked at it with a human heart,” he added.

Gwasira also urged ZESA customers to timely pay their bills in order for the power utility to be able to import electricity from other nations.