In an official statement posted on its Twitter handle, ZESA has warned the public that they will start repurposing idle equipment such as transformers and wires and use them in other places where they are most needed. Ostensibly this is all being done so that ZESA can aid the upcoming winter wheat season. The company also had harsh words for defaulting debtors.

NOTICE ON MASS DISCONNECTION TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS NATIONAWIDE

ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued customers that it has intensivifed its credit control mechanisms. To this end, there will be a massive disconnection of all customers in arrears.

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The power utility will also be concurrently recovering equipment aht has been lying idle for long periods especially transformers, for use at other consumption points.

To ensure efficient delivery of power for wheat winter cropping and other activities, farmers are being encouraged to settled their outsanding electricity bills.

The inconveneince caused is sincery regertted.

The Full notice from ZESA

Going after businesses and bigwigs?

One chief complaint by a lot of domestic consumers is that load shedding is still there because those on prepaid are not paying their dues. This means that ZESA often has to increase prepaid tariffs in order to stay afloat. A lot of businesses and political bigwigs are on prepaid metres. Often they don’t pay their dues and accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt yet ZESA doesn’t disconnect them. It’s unlikely that this will change. ZESA might be going after farmers but the bigwigs will be spared as they have been countless times.