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Zimbos speak on power tariff hike

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

The announcement of an over 200 percent hike in Zesa tariffs in the 2019 mid-term budget review statement has been received with anger by many.

Presenting the mid-term fiscal policy review on Thursday, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube revealed that government is proposing to increase Zesa tariffs starting next week for domestic users, non-exporting companies and the agriculture from the current $0.0986c/kWh to $0.27c/kWh, with that for mines from US$0.067/kWh and US$0.0986/kWh.

However, in an interview political activist, Lynette Mudehwe blasted the move arguing that there was no justification for the increase as long as the government has not dealt with the corruption at Zesa.

“Why must we the poor be made to pay for corruption that feeds the governing elite, debt payment first and increases later.

“We demand the Zesa debts records, an explanation on the AG’s report on US$9 million for transformers that were never delivered and the Chivhayo case,” she said.

Simbarashe Chareka from Budiriro said the increase in power tariff will also trigger rental increases as some landlords are in the habit of charging an inclusive (water, electricity and rentals)

“With this announcement, I have already braced myself for a possible rental hike as some of our landlords are in the habit of charging an inclusive fee for rent and electricity as well as water,” said Chareka.

Maxwell Mapungwana who works from Siyaso Market in Mbare said the tariff adjustment means he will also have to adjust his prices.

“There is no way I am going to beat these high tariffs but to charge more on the hoes I am making,” he said.

But for Charlotte Musandukwa from Highfield, the tariffs increase are ‘ridiculous’ given the load shedding that the country is currently faced with and she said she will continue to use charcoal.

“I don’t understand how we are being asked to pay for such exorbitant tariffs when electricity is rarely available,” she said.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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One Comment

  1. Mr.Daniel ,
    I commend you on your post .
    You might also want to consider looking into the Gold sector. I am in the gold business and buy to supply the Far East , I have yet to meet a supplier that puts integrity first .
    I am pulling my hair out , is there anyone out there that practices good business ethics and stand to their word ?? Please advise.
    Thank you in advance. God blessed

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