ZESA Holdings is switching off defaulters to force them to pay up and to maintain the availability of electricity by ploughing money back into generating the power. The power utility recently slashed domestic debts by US$160 for every household, while writing off a collective US$80 million owed by farmers.
The total bill relief for domestic users, farmers and welfare organisations amounts to US$170 million.
Zesa's subsidiary, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution company said in a statement that disconnections would increase.
"Customers are advised that ZETDC has intensified credit control measures countrywide in an effort to maintain security of supplies and defaulting customers will be disconnected," the company said.
The power utility said failure by customers to pay for service would threaten the current power supply situation.
"Failure by customers to pay will threaten the prevailing favourable power supply situation and lead to the deterioration in the quality of service that the Zimbabwe Electricity Distribution Company provides and has a negative impact on economic recovery, ZETDC said.