Government to discuss electricity tariff

Government to discuss electricity tariff
Energy and Power Development, permanent secretary Partson Mbiriri

Energy and Power Development, permanent secretary Partson Mbiriri

GOVERNMENT will soon discuss ZESA’s proposed electricity tariff increase with economic and energy stakeholders.
Partson Mbiriri, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, told stakeholders at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority’s headquarters in the capital this week that they were planning to “review prices”.
“I can’t say much today, but very shortly, we will be discussing electricity tariffs for 2018 with key  economic and energy stakeholders, with the view to review prices,” Mbiriri said.

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