The National Initiative for Citizen’s Awareness (NICA) has condemned members of the public who are planning to demonstrate against proposed ZESCO electricity tariff increment.
In a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today, NICA president Kelvin Sampa has expressed sadness saying the development is not aimed at finding a permanent to solution to the problem.
He said people should desist from politicking about the move at the expense of development which will benefit many future Zambians and find finding a lasting solution the problem.
Mr. Sampa said currently ZESCO has a deficit in ensuring that all its customers are satisfied both locally and across the boarder due to the growing electricity demand.
He stressed that currently ZESCO has the lowest tariffs in the region which has made investors to shy away in investing in hydro power generation in the country.
Mr. Sampa said there is need for all Zambians to support the proposed hike to enhance development.
He said citizens should be made to understand on why ZESCO had come up with such proposed tariffs increments.
He explained that ZESCO needs a lot of money to upgrade, rehabilitate and construct new Power Stations hence the need to partner with other partners who will invest in the sector.
This week, some members of the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) were quoted in the media as to have stated that they would conduct a peaceful demonstration over the proposed electricity tariffs.
ZESCO has proposed to increase electricity tariffs by 66 percent , whose intentions has received mixed reactions from various sectors of the economy.