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    40kw solar panels lie idle at Gutu Mission Hospital


    TATENDA CHIZU
    SENIOR REPORTER

    GUTU - Gutu Mission, the biggest referral hospital in Gutu District is using candles and small generators for power and lights while 40kw solar panels installed in November 2018 lie idle because of an alleged shoddy job by the contractor.
    It has become a Zimbabwe syndrome for huge installations to lie idle for years after contractors have been paid for their work.
    The solar panels which were donated by UNDP have the capacity to light up the whole mission and give power to critical gadgets
    Gutu Hospital superintendent Reverend Josephat Zambuko confirmed the story and told The Mirror that the equipment was installed by a company called Likusasa Zimbabwe and persistent appeals to the company to rectify the problem have not been successful.
    UNDP spokesperson Georgevan Montfort said Gutu Hospital is one of sites supported by UNDP with a 40kw system when completed. Phase two which will cover expansion to other critical areas of the hospital will be done between December 2019 and March 2020.
    The hospital Administrator Abiot Masinire said UNDP donated the full solar plant which was delivered by Likusasa Zimbabwe and the plant was installed in November 2018.
     “It’s been almost a year since the solar plant was donated and it was installed by Likusasa Zimbabwe. Likusasa was awarded the contract by UNDP.
    “When we ask them to redo the installation, they tell us that they have run out of equipment and they undertook to get that equipment from Harare but they never came back. We have been constantly doing follow-ups and we are still waiting for them”, said Masinire.
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