Zimbabwe Electricity Development Company (ZETDC), part of power utility ZESA) has agreed to pay compensation of US$15,000 to a 13-year-old minor who sustained injuries after being electrocuted by exposed electricity cables.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) intervened for the Manicaland minor who was left nursing injuries in April 2019.
“ZETDC through its insurers, Cell Insurance, recently advised Kabaya that it had accepted the minor child’s claim and would pay him US$15 000 as compensation for the damages which he suffered from the electrocution,” ZLHR said.
In 2022 ZESA made headlines after three learners from Kweneng Primary School in Mangwe, Matabeleland South, were electrocuted by collapsed electricity cables..
In 2018, the authority was slapped with a US$23 805 compensation order to a Harare widow, Scholastica Muranda who lost her husband due to electrocution after stepping on live cables unexpectedly.
The power utility has a sustained record of electrocution of minors owing to hanging power-lines and unattended faults .