The government has assured the nation on the availability of power following the payment of US$10 millionĀ  to Eskom for continuous supply while efforts are underway to ensure increased power generation.

The assurance by government over the supply of electricity comes at a time when ZESA Holdings has been threatened to be switched off by South African power utility Eskom over non-payment of electricity arrears.

Giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy chaired by Masvingo Urban legislator Dr Daniel Shumba, the Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr Samuel Undenge said US$10 million has been paid to Eskom which assures the nation of continuous power supply.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development Mr Patson Mbiriri said treasury bills worth US$600 million have been issued against the debt owed to the power utility which are being utilised through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

ZESA Holding is now owed close to US$400 million, heightening calls for consumers to pay their bills to ensure constant power supply.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Dr Jorum Gumbo also appeared before the same committee to clarify on the issuance of duty free fuel certificates.

Zimbabwe is generating less than 1000 mega watts out of a demand of 1500 mega watts.

The gap is being supported by imports from South Africa and HCB of Mozambique.