Mozambique to supply electricity to Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority workers working on a new electricity line to Chitekete business centre last week - Picture by Kudakwashe Hunda

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has unveiled plan by Mozambique to assist with increased supplies of electricity from Cahora Bassa.

He announced in Niamey, Niger Republic on the sidelines of the 12th Extra Ordinary Summit on the Continental Free Trade Area.

He had had fruitful discussions with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.

Mnangagwa said they agreed that Mozambique will supply more energy to Zimbabwe and the two countries’ Ministers of Energy will soon meet to tie up the loose ends of the deal.

“My minister will go to Mozambique. I discussed with the President of Mozambique, Nyusi, my brother, and they are ready for us to discuss the issue so that they can also increase the supply of energy from Cahora Bassa to Zimbabwe on terms which are comfortable to us,” he said.

The deal comes after South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, following bilateral discussions with President Mnangagwa here on Sunday, sealed a deal for Eskom to supply Zimbabwe with electricity.

Recently, Government paid US$10 million to Eskom to reduce the debt with the South African energy supplier.

Once the two deals come to fruition, electricity shortages are expected to ease.

President Mnangagwa also held fruitful discussions with Gambian President Adama Barrow that will see Zimbabwe supplying wildlife to the East African country.

“I also met Gambia’s president. Gambia would want to acquire wildlife in Zimbabwe.

“He said they want to acquire wildlife, so we have to discuss how we can support them,” he said.

Zimbabwe has supplied wildlife to several countries including China.

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