Harare residents have taken a swipe at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), accusing the power utility of a hidden agenda to scuttle the countryâ€™s economic revival through inefficient power supplies.Electricity is one of the lifelines of the economy and critical sectors such as industry, agriculture, mining and health are enabled by this resource.
The past few days have seen these sectors as well as residential suburbs being starved of electricity for about 6-10 hours.
Even the Harare Central Business District has not been spared.
Harare residents who spoke to ZBC News said the power outages have become too prolonged and accused ZESA of a hidden agenda that the power utility is trying to pursue by continuing to starve industry of electricity.
They said the power utilityâ€™s failure to supply the electricity seems illogical as money is being collected from people unlike the 2008 scenario where the country was under a hyper-inflationary environment.
ZESA public relations manager, Mr. Fullard Gwasira said although most of the power stations dotted around the country are now functional, the major problem facing the power utility at the moment is obsolete equipment in their distribution network coupled with the high demand of electricity this winter season.
Before the introduction of the multi-currency regime, load shedding was nothing out of the usual as money collected was being eroded by inflation.
ZESA is however collecting a lot of money from consumers and some analysts have argued that the power utility should have no excuse in terms of service delivery.
At the present moment, some parts of Harareâ€™s CBD are being run by generators as power outages have become the order of the day.