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Zimbabwe Electric Utility Comes Under Fire from PM Tsvangirai's MDC Formation

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The Tsvangirai MDC criticized the state-run enterprise for billing households and businesses large sums for electric power which is not being provided, while at the same time paying senior managers hefty salaries

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change opened fire this week on the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, saying continued power cuts are not only causing inconvenience to consumers but jeopardizing the country's fragile economic recovery.

The Tsvangirai MDC, one of the two main components of the country's unity government, criticized the state-run enterprise for billing households and businesses large sums for electric power which is not being provided, while at the same time paying senior managers hefty salaries plus various allowances.

ZESA falls within the portfolio of Energy Minister Elias Mudzuri of the Tsvangirai political formation.

Economist Godfrey Kanyenze of the Labor and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that state-controlled enterprises like ZESA are used to operating with heavy subsidies and there is not sufficient political will in Harare to impose reforms.

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