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Gutu community urged to protect electricity infrastructure

Story by Mercy Bofu

The people of Gutu Central have applauded the Second Republic for ensuring they have access to electricity and internet, after the installation, upgrading and repairing of more than 20 electricity transformers in their area, specifically at schools, rural business centres and health care facilities.

A villager told the ZBC News, “Here at Gonye Business Centre we are excited that our electricity transformer was upgraded. Now we do not have interrupted electricity supply, our business is now thriving because we can stock as many perishables as we can.”

Another noted, “At Mabhugu Primary School we received a new transformer, our children now have access to e-learning and it’s a commendable initiative. Even we as parents no longer struggle to have internet access, hence, we commend the Second Republic for ensuring improved livelihoods in our communities.”

ZESA Holdings pledged to ensure total electrification of the country and an end to load-shedding.

“We come on a field visit to access the rate of development in electricity supply mostly the repair and replacement of equipment that was damaged. After so many years of distress, we now have the capacity to do proper maintenance of our networks and refurbish equipment and improve the reliability of supply. We are also witnessing the commissioning of a power station in Hwange which will contribute towards ending load shedding, “ZESA Holdings Executive Chairman, Dr Sydney Gata said.

The government says it remains committed to ensuring improved livelihoods in rural communities.

Gutu Central legislator, Honourable Winston Chitando said, “We are happy with the developments spearheaded by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in our communities. Here in Gutu, we are going to see an improved power supply of electricity and more importantly, they will have what we call ‘datafication’.”

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company in partnership with Radio Zimbabwe took the opportunity to educate consumers on the importance of safeguarding electricity infrastructure at Makombo Grounds in Gutu.

The power utility has been losing millions of United States dollars due to theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

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