Government sets up inter-ministerial committee to address energy challenges

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    Harare – Cabinet has resolved to set up a seven member inter-ministerial committee to work closely with the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Fortune Chasi in order to facilitate a collective approach in the resolution for the daily power and energy supply challenges in the country.

    Zimbabwe is currently experiencing intense power cuts owed to low dam levels at Kariba dam and ageing equipment at Hwange thermal power station, while power imports from the neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique have significantly dropped.

    Likewise, petrol and diesel have remained in short supply while going through a series of price increases over the course of this year driven by rising exchange rates.

    Addressing journalists after the weekly cabinet sitting session in the capital on Wednesday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said the inter-ministerial committee which will be chaired by the Energy Minister comprises the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlements, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Minister of Information, Communication, Technology Postal and Courier Services, and Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.

    “The inter-ministerial committee will serve as a platform through which players in the critical sectors of the economy can channel their proposals and contribution towards the resolution of the prevailing energy and power supply challenges for consideration by the Ministry and the Zimbabwe Power Company,” Mutsvagwa said.

    “However, in view of the technical nature of power supply operations, the Ministry has the discretion to decide on how best to proceed with respect to any suggestions or proposals put forward by this committee,” she added.

    Meanwhile, according to the cabinet report, Energy Minister is currently in South Africa for electricity supply negotiations with Eskom.

    Zimbabwe owes the South African power utility an excess of US$20 million for electricity imported in the past which has hampered on efforts to negotiate a new power import deal.

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