The DR Congo owes Zesco Limited 13.5 million U.S. dollars in electricity arrears, a situation that forced the power utility to discontinue electricity supply to some parts of that country.

debtJean-Claude Kazembe, governor of DR Congo’s Katanga Province said the government will be making monthly payments of 260,000 dollars to offset the debt.

In remarks made after a successful meeting between a DRC delegation and the power utility in Kitwe city in the Copperbelt Province, the official said the government will ensure that the debt was cleared before the end of this year.

He further apologized for the accumulation of the debt which emanated from non-payment of electricity bills that forced the power utility to discontinue power supply to areas in DR Congo which are near the border.

“We will clear the debt by the end of this year. We will respect our commitment of paying 260,000 dollars every month and paying for electricity bills,” he is quoted saying by the paper.

Muntungwa Mugala, Zesco’s distribution and customer service director urged the DR Congo government to adhere to the agreement to avoid being disconnected. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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