Energy and Power Development Ministry Permanent Secretary Justin Mupamhanga told a parliamentary committee that the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has canceled its purchase of pre-paid meters after the winning bidder proposed a lease arrangement.
Mupamhanga told the parliamentary committee on energy that the utility is consulting the State Procurement Board on the way forward.
In September the State Procurement Board canceled all tenders for the supply of over 5 million energy-saving light bulbs, accusing bidders of failing to meet set requirements resulting in Zesa delaying purchase and distribution of US$12 million of bulbs.
Zesa had decided to distribute free compact fluorescent lamps to consumers. According to the utility this would have resulted in a reduced burden of 200 megawatts.
Energy committee member Moses Mare told VOA reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that his committee was concerned about how Zesa was doing business.