(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s High Court
ruled Wednesday that Nelson Chamisa is an illegitimate leader of
the opposition MDC, declaring his appointment as party
vice-president and subsequently president as null and void.
This follows an application by the party’s Gokwe district
organizing secretary Elias Mashavire challenging the decision by
the late MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to unilaterally appoint
Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri to the positions of co-vice presidents
of the party in 2016.
The two joined the party’s first vice-president Thokozani
Khupe, leaving the party with three deputies.
Upon former president Tsvangirai’s death last year, Chamisa
assumed presidency of the MDC after elbowing out Khupe and
Mudzuri from the succession race.
The High Court judge Edith Mushore ordered the MDC to hold an
extraordinary congress to choose new party leader within a
The judge also said all the appointments made by Chamisa were
null and void.
The party was due to hold an ordinary congress at the end of
this month, with Chamisa having already been endorsed as the
party’s presidential candidate by all the party’s 13 provinces.
Chamisa contested and lost in the presidential elections held
in 2018 but he garnered the second most votes at 44.3 percent
against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s 50.8 percent.
Zimbabwe power utility
warns customers of 'load shedding'
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission
and Distribution Company on Thursday warned users that it may be
forced to re-introduce load shedding in the near future if
demand continues to outstrip supplies following the curtailment
of power generation at its Kariba South Hydro Power Station.
Zimbabwe has enjoyed more than four years without load
shedding, but the drought of 2018/19 has pushed the Zambezi
River Authority to reduce water allocation to the Zimbabwe Power
Company from 19 billion cubic meters to 16 billion cubic meters
for 2019. The rationing is meant to ensure that the plant
continues to run until the next rainy season.
To this end, electricity generation at Kariba Power Station
will thus be reduced to an average of 358 MW from the planned
average of 542MW as a direct result of this water allocation
reduction and this has led to a power supply gap, said the power
utility in a statement.
The water supply situation, and thus generation at Kariba,
will be reviewed as the year progresses, it added.
ZETDC urged customers to switch off all non-essential load to
maintain a balance between the supply of power and demand so
that stability of the grid is ensured during morning and evening
"Large power users are also requested to reduce their power
demand during the morning and evening peak periods of 5 a.m. to
10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. respectively."
"In the event that this supply and demand equilibrium is not
maintained, the power utility would have no choice but to
curtail some loads to restore grid stability," the utility said.
Power generation at Hwange Thermal Power Station and the
smaller thermal power stations of Harare, Bulawayo and Munyati
remain fragile because of old age.
Chinese company Sino Hydro is currently refurbishing Hwange
Thermal Power Station at a cost of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars to
add two generators each producing 300 MW.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa commissioned the
project last June, with work expected to be completed in 42
The power station currently has an installed capacity of 920
MW but cannot generate at optimum level because of the ageing
Long fuel queues resurface
in Zimbabwe as foreign currency shortage persists
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Long queues of motorists looking for fuel have resurfaced in
Harare as petrol and diesel shortages persist amid rising demand
as schools re-opened for the second term.
Diesel appears to be the more affected commodity which
continues to be sold at a premium on the black market.
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor John Mangudya told
the state-controlled Herald newspaper that the central bank had
availed adequate Letters of Credit (L Cs) into the market to
ensure availability of critical imports such as fuel.
"We have made sure that L Cs will be available to fuel
providers and that they will be able to use them to access fuel
going forward," Mangudya said.
The paper said Wednesday that L Cs helped reduce the payment
risks on international trade transactions with a buyer’s bank
guaranteeing payment to a seller if certain criteria are met.
Fuel is one of the biggest consumers of foreign currency in
The country has been facing foreign currency shortages for
several years because of limited productivity for the export
market and imports much more than it is exporting.