Zesa in wanton destruction of trees

I HAVE the daily heartbreak of driving along Lomagundi Road where, in the past few weeks, over 70 trees have been cut down in the 2km between Harare Drive and the cattle pens.



, sans-serif”>I eventually established that it was the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority doing the damage but the manager of Zesa Westgate was very quick to quote me the regulations: “No trees within 6,5 metres of a power line.”


Despite my protestations, it would appear irrelevant that none of them actually touched the power line or were even likely to do it in the next 10 years. They must come down en masse, thereby creating a dreadful impression of wanton destruction to those few foreign visitors that we have travelling to Kariba.


I have a few questions for Zesa:


Why, if you are so concerned about branches touching the cables and the potential threat to power supply, have you not cut down the only thing that does touch them, the very large bougainvillea, 500 metres after the Westgate roundabout, into which the cable disappears on one side only to re-emerge on the other?


Could it be that it is much more difficult and thorny for comfort and doesn’t have the side benefit of free timber afterwards? You have cut down everything else for at least a kilometre before and after this bush!


Why are you so concerned about “regulations” concerning overhead power cables, when you completely ignore those regulations regarding demarcating and protecting the public from the gaping holes you leave on the verges of roads when you do “temporary repairs”?


There are three within 100 metres of my flat in Kensington. Two have been there for over a year now and the third was dug five weeks ago.


Your workmen managed to erect four “branches” that could only be described as twigs, around which they wrapped some red tape. This pathetic effort lasted less than 24 hours before everything fell over and the hole is now completely unprotected just like the other two.


The danger to the public and the potential for being sued for negligence must surely increase dramatically once the rains come.


Why does Zesa not prioritise the jobs it has to do, and employ some common sense at the same time?


Concerned Citizen,

Harare.