STAFF WRITER 10 December 2018
HARARE – Government has refused to name Zanu PF bigwigs who owe the
Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company (ZETDC) in unpaid electricity
ZETDC is a unit of power utility, Zesa Holdings.
Pressed by MDC Mutare Central Member of Parliament Innocent Gonese to
release names of ruling party heavyweights indebted to ZETDC, deputy
Energy minister Magna Mudyiwa told legislators in the National Assembly
last week that it was not permissible to reveal statuses of private
accounts to third parties without the express consent of the account
“The ministry is, however, on record that ZETDC is owed large amounts of
money by individuals, corporates, local authorities and government
departments,” Mudyiwa said.
ZETDC recently told Parliament that it is losing tens of millions of
dollars in unpaid debts.
Under former president Robert Mugabe regime, ZETDC had conveniently
ignored the ballooning electricity debts by bigwigs, who were stratified
under the so-called “sensitive customers.”
The defaulters included heavies from across the political divide, judges,
and senior government officials.
Among the highest debtors was Mugabe and his wife Grace, who owed over
$345 000 to Zesa as at December 31, 2011.
Over the past few months, several Zanu PF officials have, however, been
hauled before the courts as the power utility moves to recover what it is
In September, Zanu PF politburo member Sydney Sekeramayi was dragged to
the High Court for failing to pay $327 481 owed to ZETDC in respect of his
In May this year, former Zanu PF Mbare MP Tendai Savanhu was also dragged
to the High Court by the power company after he failed to pay $19 000 for
electricity supplied to his Eagle Estate Farm, Dam Point, Marondera.
During the same month, Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba was also summoned
to the High Court by ZETDC in a bid to make him settle a $43 716
electricity bill accumulated at his Watakai Plot 10 in Concession.
Some of those that have also been dragged to court over the electricity
bills include former National Patriotic Front leader Ambrose Mutinhiri,
who owed the power utility $54 000 at his Newton Farm.