<vote /> Government has rejected a hike in electricity tariff proposed by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). ZETDC, a unit of ZESA Holdings, had last year proposed an upwards review of electricity tariff by 49 percent, a move which would have seen electricity consumers paying US$0,1469 per kilowatt hour (kWh) from an average US$0,0986 per kWh.

Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA)’s board chairperson, Ester Khosa, yesterday said the proposed increment was unnecessary,

After duly considering the tariff application, the written and oral submissions from various consumers groups and stakeholders as well as facts and evidence provided by ZETDC, the ZERA board on June 14, 2016 made a determination that the current tariff of US$0,0986 per kWh be retained for 2016

ZESA has for the past four years been pressing government to approve a tariff increase. The power utility is owed more than US$1 billion by electricity consumers and has been struggling to collect this debt.

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