Country hit by nationwide blackout

Authorities have however stressed that this was a regional problem that didn’t just affect Zimbabwe even as some parts of capital Harare were still without power this morning.

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Zimbabwe has been hit by a nationwide blackout on the eve of hosting a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit and a major international arts festival.

According to Eye Witness News (EWN), the lights went out around 8pm last night, and stayed off until just a few hours ago.

Harare is currently hosting a SADC summit on industrialisation with ten heads of state due to arrive today (Tuesday)while the popular Harare festival of the arts is also due to begin a week-long programme of events with hundreds of foreign artists and fans already in the country.

All of which add up to making the timing of the power cut very bad.

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