- Zesa owes HCC in excess os ZWL135 million
- HCC in move to reposses its Zesa-occupied buildings
HARARE City Council (HCC) is set to repossess all its buildings under occupation by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) due to outstanding payments it claims the latter owes it.
Last year, Harare mayor Herbert Gomba said the power utility company owed them in excess of ZWL135 million for royalties and way-leaves.
“We are owed a lot of money and Zesa owes us around ZEL135 million, that is, for royalties and way-leaves that they have not been paying for nearly 30 years,” he said.
According to recent council minutes, chamber secretary Charles Kandemiri warned that HCC would repossess all its buildings from Zesa.
HCC made the resolution to repossess its buildings currently under Zesa occupation following the nod by council management.
In 2019, HCC proposed that it would use Zesa Holdings’ billing system to recover about ZWL1 billion the local authority is owed by ratepayers.
Harare town clerk Hosiah Chisango said council had devised a cocktail of measures to recover its debt.
“We are owed a lot of money, and we want to devise new ways of recovering that debt. Among the possibilities is that we may engage Zesa so that when someone pays for electricity, there is a certain percentage that goes towards our debt,” he said.