Zimbabwe records progress in paying Eskom debt

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has announced progress in offsetting its debt to South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, raising hopes of improved electricity supplies in the country.
Government says a power import payment plan struck by Zimbabwe and South Africa has seen focus shifting to regular payments while investing in local projects to restore normal power supplies.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Advocate Fortune Chasi on the sidelines of a meeting with the Zimbabwe Energy Sector Workers Union in Harare this Thursday.
Minister Chasi could however not be drawn into revealing the value of the reduced debt to Eskom for confidentiality reasons.
“We are making strides and I can safely tell you that the debt has also dropped by significant amounts,” said Advocate Chasi.
The Minister also spoke about the ZESA forensic audit and its effect on the energy sector value chain.
“Very soon, the audit will be out and we expect more action to be taken, so we just need to wait for its finalisation,” revealed Advocate Chasi.
Zimbabwe Energy Sector Workers Union Secretary-General, Gibson Mushunje, who was among the eight workers whose dismissals for exposing corruption in the ZESA executive led by former Chief Executive Officer, Josh Chifamba was nullified, said the restoration of normalcy at the power utility should be the government’s main objective.
“It is now all about the need to just facilitate efficiency and ensure normalcy because it is the workers that need good incentives,” said Mushunje.
Zimbabwe buys electricity from South Africa’s Eskom and Hydro Cahora Bassa of Mozambique to complement local supplies.