Zimbabwe to ask neighbours for help as its electricity crisis deepens

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country will need to rely on their neighbours in the South African Development Community (SADC) region for electricity as it faces a severe shortage of power.

Mnangagwa said in his weekly column in the state-owned Sunday Mail that the plan to “engage sister countries in our SADC region with excess power to export to us”, was a short-term measure to meet the electricity shortfall that the country could face between now and April 2023.

However, in order to enact this measure, enough resources have to be mobilised.

“They will be mobilised,” vowed Mnangagwa. He added that “the cost of importing power is relatively less than a slowdown in industry, whose capacity utilisation has been rising steadily”.

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