Infrastructure vandals could be within ZESA system – President Mnangagwa • As over 3000 transformers have been vandalised and stolen

by | Jul 2, 2021 | Business | 0 comments

Brian Rungano Temba

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday expressed concern the rate at which electricity distribution and supply infrastructure is being vandalized across Zimbabwe.

President Mnangagwa said the loss and cost of transformers as well as related infrastructure is counter-productive and retards economic production and productivity.

President Mnangagwa said this while commissioning 200 transformers and 117 vehicles procured by ZESA Holdings at their workshop in Harare.

“I suspect some of the vandalism to be linked to those who have knowledge on how to reach a live electric cable and the only people who know this are ZESA workers or ex-workers. You are warned,” said President Mnangagwa.
He said that ZESA Holdings should adopt modern technology to curb vandalism, which has been a scourge for the utility.
“The adoption, use and deployment of modern technology to curb this menace must be pursued with urgency.
I have asked Minister of Science and Technology to make sure those who vandalize infrastructure are found on the spot,” said President Mnangagwa.

“To this end the risk and loss control unit of ZESA Holdings is directed to work closely and honestly with the police and other arms of the state to eliminate the scourge of vandalism,” President Mnangagwa said.

President Mnangagwa said if those heading the power utility fail to adopt technologies that reduce.

“Whilst we in Government would want to see these things happen the only people who can make it happen are you the Ministry of Energy and ZESA Holdings.
We pin our hopes on you, but if we discover that we are pinning on the wrong people we look for the right people,” said President Mnangagwa.