Zambia’s President Lungu informed his Minister of Energy to start process of importing electricity after ZECO announced rationing power.
President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has informed the Minister of energy to start the process of importing electricity. This directive follows after the country was hit with a major electricity problem.
The problem came up after state-owned power generating company – Zesco – announced it would be rationing power by as much as 15 hours a day. Meanwhile, the challenges has also worsened by low water levels in the Kariba dam which is the main source of the country’s hydro-electricity.
President Edgar Lungu said “The government has been making frantic efforts to diversify energy for us to avoid relying only on hydro power. He also said the shortage of electricity was hurting other sectors of the economy.”
According to report from Zambia Daily Mail newspaper, President Lungu has directed the Minister of Energy, Matthew Nkhuwa, to meet him at State House to explain the progress made in the importation of power.
Zeco is also directed to complement hydro power with solar power by mid-next year to enable load shedding is permanently consigned to history.
The nation plans to import from neighbouring South Africa has been hampered due to Eskom demand.