The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) has denied allegations by the Millers Association of Zambia that the production levels of mealie meal and other bakery products has gone down due to the persistent load shedding by the power company.
ZESCO Director of Customer Services, Teddie Mwale said the claims by the millers is not justified as the utility company only cuts off power from manufacturing companies from 05:30- 09:00 hours adding that the given time can not affect the production line.
Mr. Mwale said this in Lusaka today during a press briefing.
He explained that ZESCO held a meeting with the Zambia Association of Manufactures where it was agreed that the electricity company should be cutting off power in the morning to reduce the chances of affecting production.
And Mr. Mwale says recent claims by some people that their electrical appliances and houses have been destroyed by ZESCO’s power load shedding are not justified.
Mr. Mwale denied the claims saying most houses have naked and loose wire installations made of telephone wires.
He has since advised consumers to engage qualified electricians for power connections to avoid damage to property.
The Millers Association recently attributed the shortage of mealie meal and other bakery products to power load shedding by ZESCO.
The shortage of mealie meal in most parts of the country has seen an upward rise in prices.