22 April – Ben Rafemoyo, chief executive of Zesa Holdings, has confirmed the utility has submitted proposals seeking revised tariffs.

Price increases"The tariffs are no longer in keeping with the cost of production. This has affected the delivery of services. We can not start on new projects or expand old ones to clear the backlog of transformers in most residential areas," he said over the weekend.

He said the talks were at a delicate stage, but that due consideration had been given to how the increased tariffs would affect consumers.

"Our proposals took into consideration the interests of consumers," he said. "This is to ensure that the public will have access to power at affordable tariffs."

Zesa has lost huge amounts of money due to vandalism of transformers, copper cable and oil.

"It has become difficult to operate at full capacity with low tariffs falling short of restoring stolen and vandalised components," Rafemoyo said.