Elisabeth Valerio, a politician and businessperson who founded the United Zimbabwe Alliance (UZA) party has said the current power crisis could be resolved if political elites were not choosing the “blame game.”
Valerio who is a presidential aspirant urged the government to invest in clean and safe energy. In Twitter posts seen by Pindula News, Valerio said:
The power of solar is a practical solution to the current #powercrisis. It’s sad that political elites have chosen to play the blame game at a time when the nation needs working solutions to redress the #ZESAwoes! #VoteForChangeZW Energy minister Zhemu Soda attributes the current electricity crisis to the wheat bumper harvest alleging that most of #Kariba Dam’s water allocations were used during the winter wheat cropping season.
Where are we going as a nation when #Harare can’t even power its traffic lights? Gvt must invest in #renewableenergy – a safe & clean solution that will result in #JobCreation & #PriceStability.
Zimbabwe has a huge power deficit as it is generating about a quarter of the required electricity.
The southern African country is generating about 500MW against a peak demand of 2 200MW.
Authorities attribute the crisis to ageing power generators, declining levels of water in Kariba Dam, and reduced imports.