Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has amicably resolved a dispute that was raging between the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and a German private investor.
This came out of a meeting held by the Vice President and the newly accredited German Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Thorsten Hutter at the Munhumutapa offices in Harare today.
The dispute arose when a German investor, Mr Niko Kleuters was failing to get his money from a 230 megawatt power station and power line he had built on a build operation and transfer (BOT) basis after another foreign company using the power was being forced to pay the fees to ZESA, contrary to the agreed terms of the deal.
The German investor owns a chrome business in Selous and a Chinese company operating in the area has hooked its electricity supply system from the German built substation and a line.
The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Cde Samuel Undenge said the dispute has since been resolved amicably thanks to the intervention of Vice President Mphoko.
He explained that other users of the privately built sub-station have an obligation under the law.
During the meeting with the Germany envoy, Cde Mphoko said Zimbabwe is inviting Germany to partner with Zimbabwe in reconstructing damaged infrastructure following the devastating Cyclone Dineo.
Germany has been assisting Zimbabwe in the provision of drought relief following crop failure in the 2015-2016 cropping season.
With the continued shortage of resources, the government is encouraging both local and external investors to participate in nation building by providing infrastructure and allowing fees levied from use of the facilities built under BOT arrangements to be collected by the investor for a specific period after which the facility is surrendered to the state.