Douglasdale residents fume over power outage in the area

By Lee Mangena

It’s been nearly four weeks since electricity supply to the Douglasdale area of Bulawayo was cut off after a car rammed into an electric pole.

The incident took place along Lessly street bringing down electric cables and other infrastructure.

Local market gardeners and farmers in the area claim to have lost thousands of dollars due to the slow reaction by authorities at the power utility Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company to solve the matter.

The residents are planning to demonstrate at the zesa offices in town.

“I don’t know what these ZESA people want us to do . It’s been four weeks now with electricity . The poles are still lying around and they have not even bothered to come and assess the situation. It has crippled businesses for those who plant vegetables for resell and some millers”.

“I went round the neighborhood and saw the poles and fires lying around. The rainy season is approaching and this could be a danger to our livestock and children.We have made several complaints but up to now there is no response”.

Efforts to get a comment from the power distributor were fruitless as their phones went unanswered.


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