Zimbabwe sets inter-ministerial committee to deal with electricity crisis

July 24, 2019
| Report Focus News
A Zimbabwean family plays card 21 January 2007 in Harare after the second power cut, which has hit most parts of the country. Zimbabwe is experiencing a serious energy crisis with some areas going for up to 10 hours without electricity prompting many families to resort to using generators, firewood and candles for lighting. AFP PHOTO/Desmond Kwande (Photo by DESMOND KWANDE / AFP)

Zimbabwe, battered by crippling power and fuel shortages, has set up an inter-ministerial committee to help the energy minister in finding lasting solutions to the crisis that has beleaguered the nation.

Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa told a post-cabinet briefing on Wednesday that energy minister Fortune Chasi was currently visiting South Africa for energy talks with his South African counterpart.

In the face of the power shortages, Zimbabwe has been importing power from its neighbor South Africa but supplies have been stopped due to debt.

The country recently paid 10 million U.S. dollars towards its 33 million dollars debt to South Africa’s power utility Eskom.

“On the power front, it was reported that the Minister of Energy and Power Development is currently in South Africa for electricity supply negotiations with Eskom.

“The nation will be apprised of the outcome of the negotiations at an appropriate time. In the meantime, Cabinet resolved to set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to work closely with the Minister of Energy and Power Development in order to facilitate a collective approach in the resolution of the prevailing power and energy supply challenges,” Mutsvangwa said.

She said the committee comprises ministers of energy, information, industry and commerce, tourism, agriculture, mines, and information communication technology.

Zimbabwe’s fuel shortages are due to foreign currency shortages to import the commodity while power supplies have been severely curtailed due to low water levels in Kariba Dam that supplies water to the country’s largest hydro power plant, Kariba.