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Zimbabwe Public Electricity Utility Reduces Consumer Rates by 43 Percent

  • Taurai Shava

Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association Director Rodrick Fayayo said his group is pleased at the reduction in power rates, but said consumer advocates want action on other issues, especially billing practices

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has agreed to cut power rates by 43 percent for all consumers in response to an order by its regulator, sources said Wednesday.

ZESA is complying with an order from the Competition and Tariffs Commission following a campaign by the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association and legal action by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

Residents Association Director Rodrick Fayayo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Brenda Moyo that his group is pleased at the reduction, but added that consumer advocates want action on other issues, such as ZESA’s controversial billing practices.

Large ZESA bills have raised consumer tempers for a long time - particularly in light of frequent, not to say chronic, power outages.

But consumers say they now face demands by the power authority to upgrade wiring and meters at significant cost to reconnect to the power grid after they’ve settled bills.

Correspondent Taurai Shava in Gweru, Midlands province, reported.

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