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UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema expressed shock at the levels of incompetence being exhibited by President Edgar Lungu and his minions. Hichilema has charged that Lungu does not have any ideas and is completely lost about what should be done. Mr. Hichilema has argued that ZESCO power failure is a clear demonstration of poor governance by the PF. Mr. Hichilema said in developing nations and already developed ones, energy is the engine of an economy.

“A sustainable source of energy can drive a nation to prosperity as it supports the very core of business and industrialization,” Mr. Hichilema said.

“It is for this reason that developed nations around the world have gone out of their way exploiting all available forms of energy sources in order to sustain their economies and make the lives of their citizens bearable.”

Mr. Hichilema said the PF government had miserably failed to find a solution to the endemic failure by ZESCO.

Mr. Hichilema said in the last few weeks, Zambia had witnessed serious power outages never witnessed since independence in 1964. He said many excuses had been advanced to explain the cause of the situation, adding that the major one being the low water levels in Lake Kariba which was largely responsible for the generation of hydro electric power.

“We have been told that this is a natural cause and there is little that can be done to correct it. This attitude is a betrayal of trust of the people of Zambia by the PF government as it is a reasonable expectation that the government must find solutions and not explanations for any situation that accelerates poverty in a country,” Mr. Hichilema said.


  1. It is true that the current load shed is not due to low water in the Kariba Dam, but to incompetency by Zesco and failure to plough back the profits in the expansion of the power system. If Zesco had re-arranged installation of generators in 3 zones, that is the up stream and down stream of Kafue Gorge upper and Kariba North Bank. This arrangement could have facilitated of opening few gates at each power station letting the same amount of water flow through 3 power stations on the Kafue and 3 on the Zambezi. And Zesco could have used the combination of series and parallel installation of generators in respect to water flow. It is expected to see low water levels because of low rains. We have been there before and Zesco could have applied basic laws of series and series parallel laws. Zesco is just coming from sleep, just imagine Zesco has just installed 1 generator at Kafue lower, all 6 generators are bunched at Kafue Gorge upper and another bunch at Kariba North Bank. This type of arrangement, in times of low water levels will force you to close some gates, resulting in not running some generators. But if some generators were installed up stream and down stream of the Kariba North Bank we could be generating 3 times of the electricity we are producing under the current load shed and we could have avoided load shed. This is exactly what has happened at Kariba North Bank.

    Michael K Bwalya
    July 19, 2015 at 06:21