EDITOR — Incessant power cuts have become the order of the day in Zimbabwe amid reports that Zesa has increased its load shedding resulting in homes and businesses operating without power for long periods of time.
Through its community advocacy unit, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI-Z) is concerned with these growing power outages that citizens have had to contend with.
In an article published in The Herald of September 20, 2013 the government committed itself to quality service delivery.
The chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda was quoted saying: “…….we effectively discharge our mandate in directing and co-ordinating government policy formulation and decision-making, overseeing the timeous and effective implementation of agreed policies and programmes, coordinating national development initiatives and plans and ensuring that ministries and their departments remain committed to utilising available resources to deliver high quality service to the people…”
We therefore implore the newly-appointed Energy and Power Development minister Dzikamai Mavhaire to address and prioritise this lack of power as a high level accountability measure for the government.
We believe that failure to deliver the best possible service erodes the integrity of the ministry as this problem is affecting the nation economically and socially.
Accountability is uttermost in this new political dispensation and the minister is called upon to provide answers to the public through Parliament on escalating power outages.
Can the minister address people’s concerns by stating the plans in motion to address the escalating of power cuts?
Zimbabweans demand and deserve a long term solution to this problem that has entered its second decade now.
The general populace had hoped the adoption of Zesa’s prepaid meters would add revenue thereby increasing power supply.
TI-Z is a systems-oriented local chapter of the global movement against corruption upholding the values of integrity, accountability and transparency.