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.