Zimbabwe parastatal must pay for boy’s electrocution

ZESA-Logo-w-627x376From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe,
HARARE, (CAJ News) – COURTS have ordered the cash-strapped Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) Holdings, to pay US$15 000 (about R195 000) to compensate for its negligence leading to the death of a boy five years ago.The state entity must compensate the mother, Constance Sinachinga (aged58), who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after her son was electrocuted in the capital Harare.
Takudzwa Nyandoro (8) was electrocuted and died on the spot after contact with live wires exposed in an area frequented by members of the public in Eastlea. Zesa’s subsidiary, the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company,had failed to place warning signs or cordon off the area to alert members of the public to the danger posed by the wires.
In her summons, Sinachinga stated that she suffered damages amounting to $15 000 for emotional shock and psychological trauma.
This was broken down as $10 000 for emotional shock and $5 000 for psychological trauma.
Initially, Sinachinga had initially demanded payment of $500 000 but amended the amount following directions by the High Court.
The grief-stricken Sinachinga now suffers hypertension, eating and sleeping disorders.She has relocated from her home to avoid seeing the scene of her son’s death.
Following the intervention of the Lawyers for Human Rights, High Court Judge Jester Helena Charewa has ordered Zesa to pay.
Lawyer Bellinda Chinowawa said the tragedy was a reminder of rampant human rights violations by parastatals.
“While the compensation cannot erase the trauma Sinachinga is going through, the action could jolt other Zesa victims to push the firm to be a more responsible entity by holding it to account for gross negligence.”
Zesa is facing sever financial constraints including over R118 million owed to South Africa’s Eskom. Eskom has in the past threatened to halt supplies to Zimbabwe over mounting debts.
– CAJ News

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