ZESA has disconnected over 1500 Stoneridge Harare households from the national power grid after it emerged that a former employee of an approved contractor made the connections without following the normal procedures, The Herald reports.
According to the publication, a contractor Luckstone Concrete.was hired by the residents to connect electricity in the area but some residents felt the charges were too high and hired one of Luckstone Concrete’s former employees Peni Jaison who connected them using leftover material from his employer.
Yesterday people from ZESA loss control and ZRP officers spoke to Stoneridge residents and explained why they were disconnecting them.
Stoneridge residents’ chairperson for Cluster R, Mr Alfred spoke to the publication about the illegal connections and said:
Before we paid the money, some of the residents later felt that the company had breached our contract and that is when we engaged Peni Jaison. We didn’t know that he had been fired by the company Meanwhile, Jaison’s former employer, Luckstone Concrete’s MD Mr Melvin Gwishiri said residents were aware that Jaison was fired in July last year before they engaged him to connect them:
They were aware that he (Jaison) had been fired from our company and maybe the reason they contracted him was that he could have lured them by charging them less for his services. This could be the reason they took a shortcut probably for their own benefit but now they realize that the shortcut they took is more expensive than what they thought it could be.
The illegal connections were discovered by Luckstone which alerted the police. Meanwhile, Jaison is in hiding after his misconduct was discovered.