…accuse power utility of ‘sabotaging’ Masvingo water supply
Two Zanu PF Masvingo Masvingo Urban councillors have this evening demanded that Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Masvingo manager Jacqueline Hlatswayo resign with immediate effect for allegedly dabbling in opposition politics and sabotage.
This was heard in a full council meeting held at the Civic Centre a while ago.
The drastic call comes in the wake of a drastic reduction in the city’s water supply levels due to poor electricity feed into the intake tower at Bushmead which has seen only one pump being used, instead of two.
While making a contribution during the adoption of minutes from the Public Works Committee, Ward 10 Cllr Sengerai Manyanga said Hlatswayo, whom he called a liar, must be made to resign with immediate effect.
“She is sabotaging us, she is sabotaging council and residents. She must resign. We must go and present our case to the Minister of State (for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira) and make sure she is forced to go. That other year she lied to us that she was going to connect us to another line with better voltage. We must take action. I am even ready to occupy her office and I will not leave. Kana gurokuro richidambuka ngaridambuke,” charged Manyanga.
He was supported by his Ward 8 counterpart Against Chiteme who accused Hlaswayo of dabbling in opposition politics.
“She is out to smear council and incite residents against us. We must engage the Minister of Energy (and Power Development Soda Zhemu) and tell him that your manager here is no longer doing her job; she is doing politics. She is running ZESA like her own private company which she can close at any time she wants,” charged Chiteme.
Earlier on, Acting Town Clerk Edward Mukaratirwa had reported that ZESA was not cooperating with regards to the replacement of a broken down transformer which is blamed for the crisis.
“There is a tendency at ZESA yekuvharirana panze (sabotage). Some residents approached us to offer assistance to replace the transformer but we did not get any cooperation from ZESA. Again, Delta Beverages Masvingo offered to buy the transformer but when we requested for specifications of the transformer from ZESA, we did not get the information,” said Mukaratirwa.
This was also corroborated by Mayor Collen Maboke who said Delta had also approached him complaining that ZESA was failing to cooperate, and their production at their factory in the industrial areas was getting severely affected.
In the Afternoon, TellZim had approached Hlatswayo at her office but she said she was not allowed to talk to the press, and referred all questions to the power utility’s national corporate communications head Prisca Utete who had not responded to questions emailed to her by the time of writing.