Zimbabwe’s Minister of Power Sacked Over 8-hour Power Outage

Published 1 month ago by: kacy lee
at 08:34 AM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has fired Joram Gumbo (pictured), his minister of energy and power development, over “poor electricity supply” across the country.

According to BBC, Zimbabwe is experiencing the worst electricity blackouts since 2016.

This is coming after the minister had licenced over 30 companies to provide solar power to the country and concluded plans to travel to Mozambique, a neighboring country, to make an arrangement for an electricity supply deal.

Gumbo was replaced by Fortune Chasi, the deputy minister for transport and infrastructural development.

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), the state-owned power firm, said there would be blackouts for about eight hours daily because of a drop in output at its largest hydro plant and ageing coal-fired generators.

“The power shortfall is being managed through load shedding in order to balance the power supply available and the demand,” ZETDC had said in a public notice.

On Monday, Reuters had reported that the last time Zimbabwe experienced such serious blackouts was in 2016 after a devastating drought.

Due to low water levels and poor coal supplies to the generating plants, the country is currently producing 969 megawatts (MW) daily against peak demand of 2,100 MW.

Zimbabwe is reported to have experienced very low rainfall during the 2018-2019 raining season with most water bodies drying up.

TheCable reported how the Nigerian electricity grid collapsed twice within 24 hours last week causing blackouts in most states across the country.

The recent grid collapse was the sixth to be recorded in 2019.

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Smile369 at 10:12 AM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Olandetujaa at 11:31 AM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Irony of life.... Whereas in Nigeria , we are excited having 8hr of electricity in 24hrs a day.  Electricity supply in Nigeria is a joke.
kp45 at 11:50 AM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Even if we didn't see light for one week it doesn't bother anyone.
Henrybobo at 02:41 PM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Quote from: kp45 on 11:50 AM, 16/05/2019
Even if we didn't see light for one week it doesn't bother anyone.
I de tell u o
dopygenius at 04:06 PM, 16/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Jeez u guys are enjoying oo, in Nigeria we are even happy if manage to see light for 30 minutes...WOW I LOVE YOUR COUNTRY
Baye77 at 09:07 AM, 17/05/2019 (1 month ago)
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Hmmm...if u cant get d job done, let another do it


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