Power utility ZESA Holdings is conducting awareness campaigns against the vandalism and theft of its infrastructure across the country.
On Friday, ZESA officials met the business community, churches and vendors, among other groups in Mudzi, Mashonaland East province speaking out against vandalism. Speaking to NewsDay, ZESA spokesperson, George Manyaya, said:
Today (yesterday) in Mudzi we met the business community, churches, vendors, youths, and the disabled, among other groups.
We held an educative awareness campaign, we educated our consumers on the effects of vandalism, and we are very concerned about vandalism because we are losing a lot of money because of vandalism as a country.
Tomorrow (today) we are going to meet the general citizenry at Mutoko Centre. It is going to be entertaining, but at the same time educative.
Inasmuch as we still have some challenges, we need to bond with our consumers and customers, they are our key stakeholders.
In recent years, ZESA has been grappling with the theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure, with the power utility losing about US$5 million each year in stolen equipment.