Zimbabwe PM threatened with disconnection of electricity for non- payment

March 14, 2012 9:43 am 

HARARE, March 14 — Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Monday he had electricity at his house almost cut off over non-payment of a 5,000 U. S. dollars debt.

The country's power utility has embarked on a drive to disconnect defaulting customers including cabinet ministers and senior government officials to recover more than 400 million dollars it is owed by customers.

Addressing parliament on Monday, Tsvangirai implored legislators and cabinet ministers owing the power utility to pay to enable the company to meet its obligations.

"Even I had to run around to get money to pay ZESA after they had threatened to cut off electricity at my house," Tsvangirai said.

The public has criticized ZESA Holdings for disconnecting power to customers owing little amounts of less than 100 dollars leaving out customers, mostly companies and senior government officials that owe huge sums of money. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg

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