Zimbawe’s main opposition party, the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa, says it has tabled before government “guidelines” to help end the current crippling load-shedding across the country.
CCC’s move comes days after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that some households may soon be disconnected from the national electricity grid and run exclusively on solar.
Mnangagwa was made the shock announcement as the country grapples with crippling power shortages that have alarmed captains of industry and commerce as well as the general public.
Addressing journalists in Harare today, CCC vice spokesperson Gift “Ostallos” Siziba said his party had informed the government on measures which they think will end the current power outages.
He said, “we have said number one, let’s build the Batoka so that we increase a capacity generation on our country. Number two we said lets build small hydro electricity power stations in places like Manicaland.
“We also said lets build the solar energy systems but that discourse to the analogue persons is the discourse that they cant appreciate.
“Basing on these we are saying as a party how can we help Zimbabwe come out of this crisis because as you all know we can’t industrialise without electricity. We have proposed that lets have solar, its a proposal that we put in our blueprint,” he said.
Zimbabweans are enduring prolonged power outages lasting up to 18hrs a day.
Last week, the Zambezi River Authority, which manages Kariba dam, which supplies a large portion of the country’s electricity, wrote to the Zimbabwe Power Company ordering the Kariba South Power station to be shut down until at least January because it had run out of water to generate electricity.
The energy crisis, Mnangagwa said, was at the very least expected to persist until April next year when water levels at Kariba are expected to have risen.