ZESA and government corruption and incompetence to blame for perennial power challenges in Zimbabwe
- Dec 4, 2022 12:32 am GMT
Tendai Ruben Mbofana Yet, this a nation which envisions itself as an 'upper middle-income economy by 2030' through its clearly unrealistic and delusional NDS1 (National Development Agenda). Surely, how can people who totally shunned anything that would actually develop and advance the country for the past 42 years, suddenly be dreaming of taking us to the pinnacle of economic prosperity and success within the next seven years? How can those who opted to focus of looting our national resources for their own self-aggrandizement for four decades now be expected to bring back to life all that they destroyed, and reviving what their pillaged into oblivion in less that a decade? The saying, it is easier to destroy than the build, speaks volumes! As I brace for the eight-hour power load-shedding which has worsened and become a daily occurrence, especially since the recent stranger than fiction announcement of significantly reduced electricity generation at
Are we not looking at possibly millions of dollars a day? The question then becomes why? Why has a country that was once a powerhouse in power production, been reduced into a laughing stock of the region now forced to go around scrounging for leftover electricity from its neighbors? Who and what is truly behind this seemingly unending 'curse' that has befallen Zimbabweans whose problems relentlessly pile up, one upon the other, in a seemingly malevolent quest to squeeze the very life out of the already heavy-burdened and suffering citizens of this country? Zimbabweans have endured a plethora of burdensome economic, political and social problems over the past two decades and, that all stems from the same sourcea corrupt and incompetent government, whose effects are felt the most in state-owned enterprises. The country's power utility
The country has the capacity to generate about 2,240 MW of power, but is producing less than 1,300 MW. Topping the list in these unending power outages is antiquated Rhodesian-era equipment at all the country's thermal power stations, notably Hwange, Munyati,
Other factors attributed to this menace are the non-payment of outstanding bills by consumers, the charging of sub-economic tariffs over a protracted period by
As much as all these may appear to make perfect sense at first glance a critical and thorough in-depth analysis portrays a far much different picture that reeks of unforgivable systematic corruption, as well as institutionalized inherent incompetence. Firstly, low water levels are nothing new in this country, as we have repeatedly experienced droughts for decades yet, our power utility never saw it fit to formulate and implement contingency measures to avert such an imminent disaster.
They have mostly turned out to have been nothing more than talk shops, photo ops, and moments for dining and wining, and a complete waste of taxpayers' money. If the government, and by extension
In fact, we would most likely have been exporters of electricity, rather than importers. Yet, such is the grim travesty of those in authority in this country as they wait for the situation to get out of hand, and become catastrophic, and only then do they start running around 'like headless chickens' clearly in panic mode and clueless as what to do, due to their myopic and reactive, rather than proactive, nature.
Furthermore, why in the world should a nation endowed with some of the world's most precious mineral resources sit on its laurels for all these years quite content with using Rhodesian power generating equipment which most probably, is no longer even still in production anywhere in the world? Why, in 2022, are we still complaining about the breaking down of equipment at
This brings us to the issue of corruption at the power utility. The 2019 Auditor General's forensic report conducted by Price
Similarly, if the local power utility failed to charge reasonable and economically viable tariffs over the past years as well as seriously and earnestly following up on outstanding bills owed to it, mostly by the so-called 'chefs' and 'big fish' within government is that the ordinary Zimbabweans' fault? Should we then suffer because of the government and
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