Senatar accused of electricity theft

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ZESA has taken long-distance bus company Senatar Express to court for accusing it of illegally reconnecting electricity at its premises in Bulawayo after accruing an over $20 000 electricity bill.

Report by Khulani Nkabinde.

Senatar Express was represented in court on Wednesday by Lazarus Nenzema, the company’s security manager, while Zesa was represented by its Bulawayo urban loss control officer Alfred Nsingo.

The case was heard by local magistrate Sibongile Msipa.

Senatar Express is being charged with contravening Section 60(a) of the Electricity Act. The State case, according to prosecutor Masimba Saruwaka, is that on 26 April, Bongani Ndlovu, a Zesa employee went to Senatar Express premises where he disconnected electricity from the main circuit breaker due to non-payment of a $20 762,39 electricity bill.

“On his way out, he met the manager Drosila Simela whom he informed that he had disconnected electricity due to non-payment of the bill,” he said.

Saruwaka said Ndlovu also informed the manager that she should visit the Zesa credit control section so that a payment plan could be worked out. The prosecutor then said on May 15, Nsingo received a tipoff to the effect that electricity had been illegally reconnected at the bus company’s premises.

“When Nsingo visited Senatar Express, he discovered that electricity had indeed been illegally reconnected.

“Upon being quizzed how electricity was reconnected, Senatar Express failed to come up with a satisfactory answer. A report was then made to the police,” he said.
The matter was set down for July 24 for trial.