25 000 reg­u­larise Zesa pre-paid me­ters

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Than­deka Matebesi Sunday News Re­porter

POWER util­ity com­pany Zesa, says more than 25 000 con­sumers have reg­u­larised their pre-paid me­ters af­ter the com­pany called for those who were by-pass­ing and tem­per­ing with the me­ters to come for­ward.

In June, Zesa is­sued a warn­ing, call­ing peo­ple to reg­u­larise their pre-paid me­ters af­ter it dis­cov­ered that a num­ber of them were by­pass­ing the me­ter and us­ing elec­tric­ity for free.

Zesa spokesper­son Mr Fullard Gwasira said the power util­ity was pleased with the re­sponse re­ceived from con­sumers.

“In June this year we is­sued a warn­ing to those who had not reg­u­larised their elec­tric­ity me­ters to do so be­fore 31 Au­gust 2018 and the re­sponse is com­mend­able as we had over 25 000 con­sumers who reg­u­larised their me­ters dur­ing the grace pe­riod,” said Mr Gwasira.

He said that the grace pe­riod was over but the com­pany would con­tinue to iden­tify those me­ters that have been tam­pered with and any­one found guilty of by­pass­ing and tam­per­ing with elec­tric­ity me­ters will be handed over to the po­lice.

“The grace pe­riod has since ex­pired but the op­er­a­tion is still on as we con­tinue to iden­tify any sus­pi­cious points in our sys­tem. Now, any­one who is found to be on the wrong side of the law will be handed over to the po­lice,” said Mr Gwasira.

He added: “We wish to ad­vise our cus­tomers that by­pass­ing and tam­per­ing with elec­tric­ity me­ters is an of­fence that car­ries a manda­tory 10-year jail sentence.”

Mr Gwasira said the com­pany has an in­built mech­a­nism to iden­tify me­ters that have been af­fected by­pass­ing and tam­per­ing.

“The pre-paid me­ter sys­tem has busi­ness in­tel­li­gence, which au­to­mat­i­cally reg­is­ters when a new me­ter is in­stalled at a premise, to iden­tify sus­pi­cious points of con­sumers that are not buy­ing elec­tric­ity, have low pur­chases or have no pur­chases at all,” he said.

He also said Zesa was aware of con­sump­tion pat­terns and his­tory es­pe­cially in new sub­urbs which makes it eas­ier for the power util­ity to iden­tify any anom­alies in trans­ac­tions.

Mean­while, Zesa has added more vend­ing out­lets coun­try­wide to en­sure greater con­ve­nience in the pur­chase of elec­tric­ity to­kens. In a state­ment, Zesa said the move to in­crease vend­ing out­lets was tem­po­ral and that the com­pany was work­ing on a last­ing so­lu­tion to ease chal­lenges of elec­tric­ity vend­ing sys­tem.

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