Zesa engineers go AWOL
A TEAM of ZESA engineers from Chegutu town has gone “AWOL”.
A week ago the engineers dutifully attended to a fault at Chimbiya business centre more than 150km west of Harare in Mhondoro-Mubaira, where wooden poles hoisting a transformer were sagging.
The team disconnected the transformer and placed it on the ground with the intention of erecting new poles. But the team then simply disappeared into thin air.
They have not returned ever since leaving shops and farmers in the area literally powerless. Rumour has it that the power utility has no transport to ferry new poles to Chimbiya.
“This is so, so unfair,” complained one farmer who however said allowing himself to be quoted might worsen their plight. “Someone can come at night and take it away because no one is looking after it. Those who have tried to phone ZESA Chegutu have told that the engineers there have no transport.”
Crops under irrigation are starting to show signs of moisture stress under the unforgiving hot November sun.
Shop owners have stopped ordering perishable goods after much of that which was in stock went bad.
The Chimbiya community said they understand that ZESA is having serious challenges in meeting demand for power, but this kind of negligence has convinced them that some of the challenges the parastatal is facing could be self-inflicted.
Efforts to reach ZESA Chegutu offices proved fruitless.
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