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President Lungu promises separation of energy,water sectors from mines as Zesco appeals for help to collect debt from KCM

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President Lungu inspects a guard of honour mounted for his by the Zambia Army

President Edgar Lungu says government is in the process of separating energy and mining sectors which are currently under the Ministry of Mining, Energy and water Development.The late President Sata in 2012 merged the Ministry of Mines with the Ministry of Water and Energy to create the Ministry of Mining, Energy and water Development.This decision was unanimously approved by Parliament at the time.

President Lungu assured Zesco General Manager, Cyprus Chitundu, who observed that there was a conflict of interest in that both energy and mines were under the same ministry and at variance on tariff matters, that government would soon separate the two departments.

He said yesterday when the Zesco Manager presented a brief on the performance of the power utility in the last two years, that government would facilitate the enactment of laws that would help Zesco enhance its operations and advised the company to present a proposal on what pieces of legislation could be amended for the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General to ponder and seek the way forward.

Your Excellency, it is also unacceptable that the mines are being subsidised by domestic consumers


“In fact, we are in the season of legislation amendment starting from February 24 when we get to Parliament,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Lungu advised Zesco to establish the type of housing in a village set up that would be ideal for electrification as it connected 16,000 houses under the rural electrification project.

Mr Chitundu appealed to President Edgar Lungu to allow his company to enforce commercial agreements and enable it to recover its unsettled US $ 110million from Konkola Copper Mines (KCM).

Mr Chitundu said KCM was adamant to pay the outstanding electricity bills and called on government to allow the power utility to enforce the agreement against mining companies which did not pay their electricity bills.Mr Chitundu said his company’s revenue base had been affected due to failure by some mining companies to settle their bills.
He noted that some developmental agreements that were meant to attract foreign investments were against the commercial interests of Zesco.

“The situation where mining firms pay low electricity tariffs at the expense of domestic consumers is one such example because it affects the financial viability of the company. Your Excellency, it is also unacceptable that the mines are being subsidised by domestic consumers,” he said.

The Zesco General Manager stated that mining companies should be compelled to purchase their power at a new and current cost but noted that existing bulk supply agreements stood in the way of achieving this.He noted that the middle man role by the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) also brought challenges as KCM was not paying the bills to CEC which in turn failed to pay the national power utility.

Mr Chitundu said these needed to be revised to offer correct and realistic investment opportunities.

He noted that Parliament would soon discuss the restructuring of the power utility and recommended that any decision on the matter be deferred until the level of supply and access reached an acceptable level.

“The social objective of the increasing access to the Zambian people and their ability to afford it will be compromised if the matter is not well addressed,” he said.
The Zesco chief also noted that there was a conflict of interest in that both energy and mines were under the same ministry and recommended that the two be separated.

“The two are at variance when it comes to tariff matters. My appeal is that they should be separated not necessarily by creating another ministry but separating and integrating them into other ministries,” he said.

Mr Chitundu said his company had the potential to earn revenue through regional trade in electricity and stressed the need for policy measures to promote and enhance Zesco’s efforts in developing regional interconnectors.He stated that the company was implementing a project dubbed Increased Access to Electricity Service (IAES) which was funded a tune of US $74.9 million by the World Bank.

Mr Chitundu said another project under the Global Partnership for Output Based Assessment and that a total of US $ 4.95 would be spent on the project which would target women.
“We are also implementing a project aimed at ensuring rural electrification of 16,000 rural households at a cost of K640 million,” he said.

He also appealed to government to give more powers to the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to regulate the energy sector.

Mr Chitundu noted that Zesco had the capacity to increase the power generation and improve access from 27 to 50 per cent in both the rural and urban areas.
He stated that his company was undertaking a growth and transformation plan where a 330KV line from Serenje through Chipata and Lundazi to Chama which would improve the quality of power service in Eastern Province.

“We have also completed that 120MV Itezhi tezhi hydro power station which will increase national installed capacity from 2300 MW to 2450 MW. In Mpulungu, a 14.8 MW has been completed on the Lunzua hydro power plant and this will stabilise voltages in Northern Province while the 330 KV transmission line from Serenje to Kasama will increase the transfer capacity of power to the north and also stabilise voltages in Northern, Muchinga, Luapula and Eastern Province,” he said.
Earlier the President Lungu held a closed-door meeting with first Republican President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.

110 COMMENTS

    • The President shouldnt promise, he should just do it.

      He thinks he is campaigning again?

      Is the man drank ?

      Thanks
      Bb2014

    • Promises,promises and more scratching problematic because the PF promises never come to fruition.
      Donchi Kubeba illusions are on their pick up chorus lines, 3 weeks no cabinet and people will not eat “separation”!
      PF is promises fans but they fail to deliver , but today, the “90 days Constitution & money in peoples pockets” are not near reality. Its a lip syncing politics of bellies.
      Please Edgar Lungu, the people of Zambia need a cabinet, that KK doesn’t understand the concept of economics in this post modernity world. Cabinet now & constitution progress should be visible. Oh no, its the visionless!
      There is no vision under PF as Changwa acknowledged that he is visionless.
      3 weeks & no cabinet is visionless leadership, Zambians’ braces yourselves!
      The Skeleton…

    • YOUR SO-CALLED PRESIDENT HAS NO PLANS TO DEVELOP ZAMBIA, RATHER HE HAS ALREADY SOLD OUR COUNTRY TO THE SO-CALLED INVESTORS. THESE ARE CRIMINAL SYNDICATES, AND LUNGU KNOWS ABOUT THEM, HIS FELLOW CROOKS, AND THEY HAVE TOGETHER PLANNED TO LOOT OUR COUNTRY. I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR SUCH CHEAP LEADERS, UNFORTUNATELY, AND THAT IS MY PRINCIPLE. I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN, THESE TODAY LEADERS ARE MY AGE-MATES!

    • First payback the cash you Chitundu gave lungu through Nkandu luo during PF convetion.Bafikala you think we dont know maka kwa next year.

    • We can move forward, you see people are good at criticizing look at this picture KCM owes Zesco that kind of money, how do they expect Zesco to Carry on operating in full force, $110 million is a lot of money, how did they even get to that amount without being disconnect. These investors are manipulating the system, they have to pay Zesco for it to function properly and yet people just complain when they see load shedding without understanding the technique behind it. It costs a lot of money for a corporation like Zesco to stand this long, and if companies that are owing that kind of money are not paying, then we have a problem in our country.

    • Reverse ministries that sata did. How can you have ministry of early child education and comunity and health. Just confusing. all the m confussion must end now.

    • Yavuta kupanga cabinet….now just yapping
      Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah….Lungu said this Lungu said that..marabishi Yeka yeka…finish your cabinet iwe kamwendo munjila reloaded,Chimbwi no plan reloaded…

    • God bless Africa,.

      Each one of them wants to start from scratch. They can not appreciate the other guy’s foundation.

      Instead of building you are demolishing by the time you want to start building, we will vote you out and then you will now want to cling on to power.

      If they fall under the same ministry, I think that makes it easy to administer since the people dealing with the issues are in one place and clearly understand the institutions involved.

    • I THOUGHT ITS PF WHO COMBINED THE TWO MINISTRIES IN THE FIRST PLACE?……………….WE USED TO MINISTRY OF MINES AND MINERAL DEVELOPMENT, THEN MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT……….THEN CAME CYCLE MATA AND HIS MINIONS INCLUDING THE CURRENT ONES WHO DECIDED TO MAKE IT ONE MINISTRY BUT NOW THEY WANT TO REVERT TO THE OLD SYSTEM TO CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR INCOMPETENCE AND LACK OF ANY UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THINGS SHOULD BE

  1. I’m not a Edgar Lungu fan but I’m liking this working holiday! It’s a breath of fresh air after the late President’s Sata’s comical ‘working holidays’….. On a serious note I didn’t realise the Mines were being sudsidized by domestic consumers.Which dander head agreed to allowing poor Zambians to pay the electricity bills for Canadians Indians and Australias??? Will colonialism ever end? Wake up Zambia!!

    • I am also flabbergasted to learn that the mines, such as KCM, were not paying for electricity at the full commercial rates. This is incredible! For how long are we going to allow these already rich multinational corporations even get richer at the expense of poor Zambians?

      This is really unacceptable. MMD really negotiated some fcuked up deals with these so called foreign investors. Can the Zambian govt extend such deals to Zambian companies as well? I doubt it!!!

    • So he is saying that we are going to have two cabinet potifolio.What a waste of tax payers money.I thought Lungu will have small but effective Cabinet .This Sangwapo president are just time wasters.

    • @ex-moma, I agree with you. The first point is that you mentioned that you are not his fan but you are liking the outcome or rather you said this working holiday, most of us never liked him, I never liked any of them either because I’m not a politician but I have realized that for zambia to develop it needs me too, therefore, I have to support whoever is in the office and make sure their decisions are right, then we can move forward. It’s good to learn what goes around then we can pin point mistakes and change them, I’m sure even his excellency has seen few things here and there since he got in the office and if he is able to do what’s right for the best interest of building our country let’s support him. One Zambia One Nation. It doesn’t talk about tribe here, let’s unite and work…

    • This is ‘self colonisation’. We can only point a finger as ourselves as a nation for not questioning some of these decisions.

      Could this decision be the beginning of rectifying issues concerning the exploitation of our natural resources which have not benefitted the locals?

    • @ex moma

      If it was not PF then who else allowed it?

      Sata merged those ministry hoping to reduce the cabinet as per PF manifesto, but alas it eluded him.

      The only thing Lungu is doing, is ripping apart Sata ‘s planless vision and restore normality. But it wont be easy because to that he needs a clear mandate which unfortunately, his stolen victory can not give him.

      If he had clear mandate, he would have gone ahead and appointed his cabinet quick and begin to carry out performance management to evaluate their individual delivery capacities. Those who fail to meet his expectations should be fired and replaced.

      What is Lungu afraid of to appoint his cabinet? Has he forgotten that he has power to hire and fire at will? For now he should appoint the cabinet and replace them…

    • @ ex-moma
      Icho chintu chanikalipa bad kind! How can I be subsidizing the mines from my meager wage and especially atfer the Gov’t has taken what belongs to them! Damn! These guys are really manipulating the system and are worse than Fred Mmembe and the ZMW14bn un-rebased!

    • In this region copper ore is plentiful, but reliable power is not. The most valuable commodity in the region is power, not copper. Without power, the ore is without commercial value due to cost of transportation. So why Zambia allows subsidized Zambian power to be used for refining DRC concentrate is beyond my comprehension. You get no revenue from export of your most valuable commodity.

    • Sata was truly illiterate and had no clue! Creating a Ministry of Mines and threw in Energy etc. Fisashi? Honestly and this was approved by Parliament. no wonder he said his ministers were useless. The ministers were so scared of him that they just used to agree even if his decisions were irrational! No wonder ministries were not functioning.
      Why should KCMowe so much money? What was the GM and his Board doing? Why wasn’t action taken before the debt accumulated? So we have been subsidizing a. Foreign company meanwhile the money was being externalizer. Kwena fwe ma Zambians are something else. ZESCO was a company when Mwansa was GM not these political appointees who are there to please and bank roll government.

    • Problem is corruption and bribery. Some govt officials were probably cashing on this KCM debt! It just doesn’t make sense!

  2. What is Lungu going to do about the plight of Collum Coal Mine which has left the local population out of work? The mine has flooded and ZCCM are clueless about the way forward. Why not just hand it back to its previous owners?

    • @eagle’s eye
      Before they give back that mine, they need to come up with good conditions in favour of the locals. Those conditions should be imposed on the investors. I am not saying they should be so harsh that they investor will run away but they should make sure that even when govts change, the people will be safe. There is a lot of corruption involved in these agreements btn investors and certain govt officials which is why the same govt is powerless to do anything when locals are being exploited.

  3. TONGAS ARE THE INDIGENOUS ZAMBIANS, AND THEY DESERVE TO RULE. STOP BLOCKING TONGAS FROM ASCENDING TO POWER! WHERE IS ZESCO POWER COMING FROM? KARIBA DAM IS A TONGA PROPERTY IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE. WHERE IS MOST MEAT COMING FROM? WHERE IS MOST KAPENTA COMING FROM? WHERE IS SUGAR COMING FROM? WHERE IS MOST MAIZE COMING FROM? WHERE ARE MOST PRECIOUS STONES COMING FROM? WHERE ARE THE BORDERS LOCATED WHICH COLLECT A LOT OF REVENUE FOR THE COUNTRY? AND SOME SILLY INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE ARE BUSY PLANNING HOW TO BLOCK TONGAS FROM GETTING INTO POWER IN OUR MOTHERLAND, BUSY SCHEMING AND CALLING US TONGAS NAMES. THIS, WE SHALL NOT ALLOW. INEQUALITIES AND INJUSTICE AND SEGREGATION AND REGIONALISM AND NEPOTISM AND TRIBALISM SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED ANY LONGER IN ZAMBIA. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH UNFAIR DOMINANCE!

    • @Truth

      You are a prize moron.

      Just because something comes from a regional geographic position does NOT mean it BELONGS TO THAT REGION!

      All the things you relate were not built by Tongas. Rather the government of Zambia used money for every Zambian to build those, NOT TONGAS.

      Finally, your idiocy is shown when you moan and groan about not being in government. Democracy! The majority decide. It is clear that region has received soooo much development in the past in comparison to other regions.

      Pull yourself together. Stop worshipping HH and get yourself to a church and worship the real God, Jehovah.

    • @truth..you have a point there. Zambia does benefit from Southern province and it’s only fair that the people of Southern Province should share in the decision making processes of this country. Perhaps we need a federal system of governance.It’s dangerous to bury ones head in the sand and ignore the frustrations of disfranchised people.They will rise up in an ugly way in future if they are ignored today.

    • Quite unfortunate this practice of granting leadership based on one’s tribal background and not on one’s meritorious attributes.

      It encourages laziness and kills productivity and should never be condoned regardless of one’s tribal affiliation.

      Zambia is bigger than any one of it’s many tribes. Constructive criticism can be up building without necessarily resorting to flushing our tribal cards every time we are faced with a challenge, political or otherwise.

      50 years after the so called independence we still have not broken free from shackles of inferiority complex or tribal prejudice.

      If leadership or governance is deserved, it must be earned on merit.

      A Zambia free from any form of tribal favoritism should be an ideal which every Zambian should dearly aspire for.

    • My friend, when did you last visit a doctor? You are ill. Before such thinking becomes a terminal illness, allow a doctor to see you.

    • Just come up with a saleable candidate and campaign, not yapping. Your HH is not suitable enough and he is only less than 20% of the Mazoka potential. Find another one mbuya

    • @TRUTH

      Just work hard instead of screaming like a one year toddler who thinks everything around him is his. How can a normal person honestly rant like this?
      No single individual or tribe owns national and natural resources with the boundaries of Zambia. As long as one has a Green National Registration Card, he/she is entitled to such regardless of where one comes from.

    • What you have said is tribal. So yo criticize what you yourself are doing. If you want to effect a change, you start with the man in the mirror. I hope you understand what this means

  4. I wish I was in charge of the Mines. I promise you, all these mines would be coughing up or going out…of Zambia. Actually, they’d just be going! Hate foreign mining companies. We should call them de-investors. They are just robbing us blind!

    What is this collective political blindness on Zambia’s Copper? We have to wait for legislation to collect?

    • @patriotic Abroad dont insult Jehova or you will be cursed.Are you telling me God Jehova is happy with the selective development bieng exhibited by Bemba lead Governments in the name of majority?Are you saying only Bembas and Nyanja are good in the eyes of Jehova.Stop insulting our intelligency is wise to get rid of our borders and make Zambia a no man’s land since everything was made for everybody?Again a question your nomance.One zambia one Nation should be real not a slogun to continue stealing other people’s god given natural resources and take them to build Universities in Muchinga.Zambia should be for Zambians not Congolise and Malawian nationals changing names.

  5. If UPND’s Hichilema had won mines were going to be paying half of what they paying for electricity today . Thank God he was thumped.

  6. @Robin, wake up you dreamer, your useless president is busy auctioning Zambia’s mineral rights to the highest crooked, wicked people in the name of Robert Mugabe, Dos Antos, now Moses Katumbi and all you blind followers think that he is on a working holiday. The man decided to go to Mfuwe to avoid the hype which would have been created by seeing many mafias flocking into state house. Mark my words, this man is leading the country into doldrums. He is very thirst for wealth. He like Rupiah Banda wants to get all the shady connections before he leaves state house. Every day he is meeting people of questionable characters in Mfuwe. Unless fate deals with him like his predecessor Michael Chimbwi Sata, Mr Dizzy Edgar Lungu is leading the country to a crash landing faster than anticipated.

    • By the way. Katumbi is unwell in Belgium receiving treatment on suspected poisoning. So do not tell lies that he striking deals with EL

    • @Voice of reason.You are dreaming yourself full of insinuations because it’s not HH in state house unless it was him who was selling the same minerals to South Africans

  7. The nomenclature for most ministries created by Sata are pathetic e.g. Ministry of community development, mother and child health! How do you introduce yourself as a minister when you travel abroad? President Lungu, go ahead and dismantle such ministries.

    • Ahhhhhhhh! Bill, abeg please don’t say that. If they dismantle the ministries, they will have an excuse to employ their relatives and waste the budget on trivial matters when we have women giving birth on the floor at UTH. Let the ministries with awkward names be. The minister has been to school (assuming), they should know how to abbreviate and make it sound sensible!

  8. Guys,
    Throughout the world, electricity tariff is set at a level calculated from:
    Cost of generation
    Cost of transmission
    Cost of overheads, and
    A profit margin, usually 7-10%
    WHY CAN’T ZESCO DO THAT?
    Such cost will be binding to all. Using such logic, Luanshya will have a lower tariff than Lumwana (because of the longer transmission line).
    Not a uniform cost throughout the country…That is a recipe for failure.
    By same reasoning, rates in Mukushi will differ from that in Chisamba, for farming activities.

    • You are wrong. Power for industry is auctioned to the highest bidder. New long term contracts are priced at the margin – what will it cost to generate more power. It is not priced to cover return on existing installations.

  9. That’s a brilliant idea your excellency. Mr. Chitundu has just hammered the nail on the head. Lets do as suggested by ZECSO MD. Now zesco MD, kindly let us know why you have kept so many employees in your company on contracts. Don’t you think it’s not fair. And most of these same employees are doing far much better than the permanently employed one ? When it comes to giving the gratuity, its also another issue. people are not paid on time. Please help these people. The other issue is why do you bring the grades of these people on contracts down at the time of renewing the same contracts. It’s very demoralising. Kindly MD look into these issues.

  10. Is it the separation which will force K.C.M to pay? What has got separation of the two into two ministries got to do with K.C.M not paying. This will be just an opportunity for Lungu to create jobs for his friends. Michael Sata merged the two ministries to cut down costs. Think of what benefits and costs this separation will bring.

    Costs
    Minister
    Deputy minister
    Permanent secretary
    and all the secretarial staff
    Plus govern debts- less money in our pockets.

    Benefits
    Zero – but just administrative convenience.

    • EFINSHI IFI? IF YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND TO HIS EXCELLENCE YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL? My appeal to the President and all who are masquerading as friends of Edigar lungu is that let us not scatter the team which the late president formulated. Being a very experienced politician it had to take him a long time and research in order to have that formidable team in place which can not just be scattered in the way it seems of late. some people who want to be close to the president now cannot even explain or defend PF Policies because they literally do not understand them, they may just be after favors. Above all they can not even mobilize the Party at constituency or national level the way it has been done in the past ‘ this is a very huge task which requires team…

    • @kamimbya

      Asanisekesa iwe, ati “Lungu should not scatter the team which Sata left”

      Which team are you on about ? The team which himself Sata called a useless team can not and should be retained by Lungu no matter what.

      Let Lungu come up with his own cabinet so that when he fails he should not blame anybody.

      PF under Sata was a failed project. Under Lungu its also a failed project.

  11. hahahah just loving the comments by these gemtlemen from the north and the south.

    let edgar lungu rule the country the way he wants and be judged after a year and half so that people can know what development he will bring to this beautiful country.
    2016 tukavota HH if these niggers dont pull up their socks.

  12. Your excellency, can you honestly believe that nonsense from ZESCO General Manager? Where was ZESCO all along when they used to allow the mines pay peanuts at the expense of the poor majority that voted you in power?

    Its a failure on ZESCO part since they allowed this to go on for so long and now that you are in the process of restructuring, they are out again to cheat your Government. Your excellence, do be cheated, its not only KCM who has issues with ZESCO but all the mines because every mine pays ZESCO differently.

    I will be surprised if the President would buy in such lies. Just reorganize these institutions and appoint people who are not compromised by the so called mines to run ZESCO and other parastatals, remember, you have no time your excellence.

  13. We should just find a way of managing the conflicts in the most cost effective way. Not this scrap of creating ministries.

  14. It should in fact be easier to deal with feuding entities under one ministry than in different ministries. The problem is that we are dealing with crooks who bought the mines at a song under LPM and would want to continue getting services without paying for them because they think we Zambians “twalishishita” (no English equivalent).

  15. The thing to do is just to ignore the perennial rantings of the Tonga-types, to just give them COLD COMFORT, is all! After all, as things stand, they will never win any presidential election

    • That is true, but most maize come from central province, then copperbelt third is southern province. Nothern province and Muchinda do not import maize but they export to their relatives in Luapula province. Equally Easter province produce enough for their consumption.

  16. This looks like its not a holiday for HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu. He seems to be doing even more work while on this so called holiday or retreat whatever name you want to call it. He seems to also have allowed different people to enlighten him on various matters of national importance. The man is a good break from the comic Sata!!!

  17. There is an world International mining indaba currently on in cape town where the class of the best mining reports and decisions in investmenting is being dissected and discussed

    Our native mining companies are represented at the cape town conversion centre

    It will be interesting to review and analyse those forward looking reports and earnings quality being presented by mining strategies and analyst and see what is missing and not reported in Zambia

    On the whole the ministry of mines and energy has been performing well Capacity though should be created and supported to ensure they equal these well paying and trained mining firms scrambling for mining resources investments in…

  18. So, you Chitundu are a corward. Why didn’t you tell Sata this? You also Vodka are as much useless. When Sata was merging these two ministries you and your Kambwili were quiete.

    This means that you are going to have two ministries now. What a shame…Is this the way to go in following SATA’S legacy?

    Zambia is in Sh*t!!!

  19. You mean President Edgar Chagwa Lungu will make decisions based on Zesco’s opinion only? Is the President sure that Mr Chitundu has the monopoly of knowledge. Sounds like one out to preserve his job by any means including misleading the President. That is just one opinion by Mr Chitundu, it is not necessarily the only opinion and certainly not the best opinion in the country. Me say give Mr Chitundu and Zesco competition, that is what they need now more than ever.

    • Jane you are just a bitter loser! The issue here is NOT about the cabinet, cretin! Who knows may be he is busy constituting the same and announce when he leaves Mfuwe. I am totally shocked by the amount of hate your heart holds, please remember the heart is a very small organ for it to hold such ”big” hate. Don’t be crude in your posts lest I will call you a dung beetle, you meat head!

  20. Getting excited for nothing. In UK private motorists pay more per litre of fuel than construction companies. I think it is a trend worldwide to subsidise certain industries.

    It is illogical to expect that someone consumes 300Mw of power and the other 10KW and expect them to pay the same.

    That is why I keep saying Zambia is full of retards…there is nothing brilliant about what Mr chit undo is talking about.

    • If what Mr Chitundu has said is nothing to you. Then the subject is perhaps beyond your comprehension or you live in pluto

  21. This is the main problem. Domestic consumers subsidizing the mines. The problem is ERB which is bribed by the mines to ensure that tariffs work for them but against consumers. How long should this be tolerated. This is the source of urban poverty in Zambia. ERB, ZICTA who have allowed multinationals to milk Zambians in the name of paying so called economic tariffs. The truth is mines do not pay instead all costs are passed to the poor Zambians. If EL tackles the issue that Zesco MD has pointed out, this man will rule up to 2026.
    Past leadership has been dribbling Zambians and collaborating with thieves. ABC is firm right on mining taxes but collaborators are condemning him. This is the problem. Enemy within ourselves.

  22. @Lies (Truth) stop shouting, you are hurting our ears and eyes. UPND will never give us a President under your present arrangements so shut up hater! If you have been to school, which I doubt, you should know how to key.

    • I AM HITTING HARD ON YOU BUFFOONS! IF YOU THINK TONGAS ARE COWARDS AND WILL KEEP ENTERTAINING THE TRASH FROM YOU CRIMINALS WHO HAVE DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY, YOU ARE MISTAKEN. NOW IS TIME FOR DIRECT CONFRONTATION, AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! WAIT FOR MANY MORE @ TRUTH ON THESE SOCIAL MEDIA! WE SHALL DEAL WITH YOU THIEVES! WE SHALL NOT ALLOW YOU TO CONTINUE DESTROYING THE ECONOMY OF OUR NATION. IF IT WASN’T FOR YOUR LOOTING OF THE NATION’S RESOURCES, ZAMBIA WOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED AN UPPER MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRY BY NOW. BUT NOW ALAS, BECAUSE IT IS YOU THE BEMBA AND NYANJA THIEVES WHO HIJACKED RUNNING THE AFFAIRS OF OUR COUNTRY EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW YOURSELVES THAT YOU ARE FOREIGNERS,HIJACKERS, OUR COUNTRY IS STILL SUFFERING A GREAT DEAL!WE SHALL FIGHT TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK FROM YOU…

  23. Zambia is a genuine banana republic. What happens in Zambia can’t happen anywhere else in the world. There was that Indian boasting about how he makes half a billion dollars on a mine he bought for a song. Up to now the govt has no idea how to extract more money out of the mines. To rub it in so it really hurts, poverty stricken Zambians are forced to subsidize the mines from which they benefit zero. How on earth does Zesco allow them to get away without paying? What sort of simpletons have we allowed to govern the nation?

  24. Guys,
    Industry and domestic users will not pay the same.
    Electricity is sold under the following guise:
    1) The amount consumed, and
    2) The percentage of maximum demand exceeded
    A month prior to use, one has to specify the anticipated MAXIMUM DEMAND
    If you exceed that maximum demand…YOU ARE PENALISED HEAVILY
    It is for this reason that industries implement load shedding as maximum demand is being approached
    The tariff agreed upon is negotiated by the commercial people at the mines
    At Frontier mine on the Ndola Road, at Sakania in DR Congo, at times it was cheaper to buy electricity from Zambia, supplied via Maposa, and at times, it was cheaper using Congolese electricity, imported via Kasumbalesa.

  25. LT, please note that the Zesco MD’s name is Cyprian Chitundu and NOT Cyprus Chitundu. Growing up in Super Maf we used to call him Cypriano, so don’t argue you were not there!

  26. @chanda Hamusutu, thank you for your sh..t! You are great, now sit down and let him work. 2016 will be even more painful.

  27. Lets give E Lungu chance to prove himself. He may not be an economist, a successive business man or even a multimillion kwacha cattle farmer like HH but who knows, the man might be good at other things. After all life is not all about money. Let HH take time to ask himself why Zambians keep saying no to him. It could be there is something wrong with him or about his tribe. Personally, I have come to learn that Tongas don’t make good leaders. Remember they have no paramount chief. They are different from Bembas, Ngonis, Lozis Chewas, Lundas and many other tribes in Zambia. They don’t take pride in their traditional leadership. With Tongas all that matters is how much cattle, land or maize one produces. Every rich tonga is a chief on his own. A rich Tonga finds it very difficult to…

    • @J J

      The fact that tongas do not have a paramount chief shows how their leadership and governance skills are advanced than most tribes in Zambia.

      Tonga removed the oppressive system of conforming to what ever a chief says. Tongas get about their business through consensus where no one wields absolute power over the other. If a chief wrongs an ordinary person, he deserves a beating and punishment. Before this recognition of chiefs madness was imposed on the Tongas, chiefs ascended to power by consensus. If a chief did some thing against the norms of that era, he could easily be replaced.

      Tongas’ tradition of governance is the most democratic. Chiluba tried to have chief monze as paramount chief by forcing the tongas to elect him. Alas it never worked because very few tongas…

    • Democracy is embedded in Tonga culture thats why there is absolutely no need for a paramount chief.

      Tongas ‘s system of governance helped them repel Shonas, Lozis, Ngonis and Bembas in Central and C/B . The tongas have held their ground and their ancestral land since they migrated into Zambia after separating from the great Tonga empire which once occupied large part of present day Mozambique.

      When the empire broke up, some Tongas from the Dlamini clan went to settle in Swaziland , majority came to Zambia. Some are in present day Malawi and small number remained in present day Mozambique.

      Those who moved to Zambia, are the only ones who retained the original Tonga dialect. Due to interactions with other tribes some tonga ‘s dialects changed to Sara, Lenje, Soli ,Ila Lamba,…

    • Those who say the Tongas are the minority in Zambia are hugely mistaken.

      Tongas form what is known as the bantu botatwe as the predominat tongs group. Nut in reality there are many Tonga derived tribes. Some of which are Wes in gwembe , Tonga plateau, Toka leya, Ila, Batwa, Soli, Lenje, Lamba, Kaonde ila, Sara, and Goba.

      All in all Tongas occupy, Souther province, 75% of central province, 80% of Lusaka province and small % in Western province.

      If you cover only 20 miles out of Lusaka, in any direction you will meet Tongas(Sara to the west Lenje and Lamba to the north, Soli to the east, Goba to the south around Chirundu and Kafue.

      Lusaka is a Tonga town named after chief Lusaka a soli chief. Thats why Lusaka is surrounded by Tongas.

    • Now due to search of fertile land , water, and pasture for their herds, Tongas have migrated far North into Northern ,Luapula, and Muchinga provinces.

      If you go to these areas you will find Tongas doing serious farming. I know of one family which has crossed over to Congo to own a huge piece of land for farming. The family is one of the biggest supplier of maize and beef to Katanga province.

      This is brief account of who the Tongas are in case some people just comment from an illiterate perspective.

      If alienate the Tongas from the corridors of power, then you are doomed to fail as a leader. Ask KK he know this fact very well. As things stand, Tongas get on very well with the Westerners and North westerners because they believe in the same ideals.

      Zambia we are one.

    • @ J J
      For your info KK is a Tonga from Malawi. During his reign he brought a lot his fellow Malawian Tongas to Zambia.

      Even Mulenga Sata ‘s mother is a Tonga from Malawi.

      The Tonga empire was once a big empire that controlled most of Southern Africa.

    • Zambia is not Tonga Land so its important for one who aspires to be president of all Zambians to accept the fact that our cultural values differ. The leadership systems of other tribes puts much emphasis on ‘US’ not ‘I’. Zambians will always go for a leader who shows them that he can connect well with people of different social and economical status. Am happy HH is begining to learn this. He tried hard to portray himself as a Mr down to earth but alas Edgar beat him to the game. Am also happy that HH’s presidential campaign team comprised mostly of none tongas like Mr Mutati and Mr Mucheleka because its Tongas like you and the likes of Daniel Mukombwe keep messing the man.

  28. Do not pretend. We all know that SATA ali Munshyebwa. Advice was taken as insolnce with him. That is why everybody including Kaseba and scott were quiet
    This president promised to be open and listening. Open in that he let what is being fed to him public save for security matters offcourse.
    Now he is doing that Mwayamba kudabwa and ranting.
    Give him a break. They will be no contest in 2016. Because just what has happened from 25/01/2015 to date is self and remote campaign that has caused polomya in UPND. Very soon you will hear that HH has gone for a medical review in RSA and to inform his election sponsors when to pay back the money he borrowed.

  29. Yavuta kupanga cabinet….now just yapping
    Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah….Lungu said this Lungu said that..marabishi Yeka yeka…finish your cabinet iwe kamwendo munjila reloaded,Chimbwi no plan reloaded…

    • Absolutely agree with you about the ZEScO Board. We need qualified people in the field. Intelligent ones not cadres. ZESCO is a key company and should be run along professional lines. Was Father Yapping Bwalya part of the Board? ZESCO is full of cadres. The service is appalling and slow. Poor Zambians we suffer!

  30. half the time we make these comments without clear understanding on policy and governance. my fellow citizens lets be objective and not segregate.

  31. The same parliamentarians who supported the merging during Sata will still support the unmerging during EL. Do they reason? Or is it “Yes Sir” to whatever the President says?

  32. Mr Chitundu is an accomplished Chief executive Officer amongst the Best in the regions

    Looking at the energy industry and tariff structure funding issues and cost structure constraints in the regions in electricity energy and particular Zambia,he has performed well and is delivering on capacity

    Its important also to understand that Ministry of energy and its partners in utilities like Zesco and Cec has been working on the tariff scenario across the energy sector including refit

    Complement where its due and advise where is professional

    Separation nothing wrong but water resources drive Zambia’s massive generation capacity and need to be well thought after its hydro inclined

    Yaluma has…

  33. Yaluma has also performed exceptionally well to create capacity and excitingment in the energy sector reducing the reserve margin ratio towards potential

  34. Bittnersness ,envy, jealousy and hatrad will not take UPND cadres anywere, you just used to lossing, you are full of hate becuase you lost .please dont just bring you negativity on this site coz we are not interested in it, this site is for pregressive minded persons who are able to acknowleged and give credit were it is due. Lt please dont just allow bitter and hate comments on this site coz bitterness is contagous. the drunkard lungu will kolopa you again like or leave it.

    • I doubt if E Lungu will kolopa HH in 2016 cos he didn’t do so in the Jan 15 elections. E Lungu beat HH by 1% only.

      The problem with you PF carders is you think HH and his carders are like you. PF carders can’t survive without tips from their top leaders. HH and his carders are different. They have no government connections yet they are able to survive and sponsor their party activities year in year out. As for Tonga people, I agree with Wanzelu, our friends are very hard working. They are like the Jews of the bible.

      Win or lose HHs financial status won’t change unless Gods decides so. He doesn’t use personal or borrowed money for party activities, and its an open fact that his popularity is on the rise, from 18% in 2011 to 47% in 2015, so E Lungu should watch his back.

  35. @WANZELU THANK YOU FOR GIVING THESE BUFFOONS THIS RICH TONGA HISTORY. WE ARE BIG MY FRIEND! TONGA TRIBE IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER TRIBE THAT YOU CAN TOSS ABOUT. TONGA IS ZAMBIA, AND WE ARE HERE TO CLAIM BACK WHAT RIGHTLY BELONGS TO US, OUR COUNTRY ZAMBIA, AND NO ONE SHOULD BLOCK US FROM ASCENDING TO POWER! WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER RWANDA, BUT IF YOU PUSH US TOO FAR BY LOOKING DOWN UPON US AND CALLING US NAMES, UNFORTUNATELY YOUR CHAKOLWA CHANGWA LUNGU WILL FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO GOVERN THIS COUNTRY. MARK MY WORDS!

  36. Didn’t realise this.

    So a big mining conglomerate like KCM is pegged at a lower tarrif than me, just a common person in the street.

    I struggle to feed my family, to pay for water, to pay for my rent, to take my kids to school, or even to afford a decent meal in a day, and yet my Govt punishes me by pegging me at a higher tarrif than the mines that make huge profits.

    If i don’t pay ZESCO automatically switches me off thru the prepaid, and yet a big company like KCM goes on to accrue such a bill and they still receive enough electricity.

    Do i have a future in my own country?

  37. ok ok gentlemen is this all because of Tonga.. Tonga… Tonga.. ka mosi che na t-borne yakuchoma mixed na kachumbali whilest dancing to a Tonga song pa last ni tonga.. tonga.. tonga.. twali geta nothing you can tell us..kekekekekekekeke i miss my ex-tonga lady

  38. Hey you TRUTH please get lost you moron, posting the same sh!t day in day out. Taubomba ninshi iwe imbecile! Go to school and get employed instead venting your anger pounding the keyboard! And next time type in small letters you brainless thing!

    • GO TO HELL YOU ROTTEN TOMATO! I WILL CONTINUE POUNDING ON YOU MORONS! IF YOU THINK US TONGAS ARE CHEAP, YOU ARE MISTAKEN. THIS TIME YOU WILL GET A FULL DOSSIER FROM THE TONGA BULLS! MWALICHEPA BAFANA! WE SHALL HUNT YOU DOWN YOU CRIMINALS. ALL OF YOU FOREIGNERS WHO PRETEND TO BE ZAMBIAN BECAUSE YOU CORRUPTLY OBTAINED YOUR GREEN NATIONAL REGISTRATION CARDS WE SHALL SCREEN YOU IN 2016 AND FLUSH YOU OUT OF OUR COUNTRY! YOU HAVE KILLED OUR COUNTRY FOR YOUR DIRTY CORRUPTION AND LOOTING. MWACIJAYA CISI CESU BAKABWALALA NYWEBO!

  39. UPND under HH will never rule Zambia Forget you people when are you going to accept wait for 2016 we see this time we never voted and we will teach you a lesson you will never forget.So far we want to dismantle the Tribal party we have sent the likes of GBM MUTATI
    NALUMANGO MUCHELEKA MANGANI etc to do the Job come 2021 HH will not stand we are going to the convention chwee chwee chwee

  40. I am just shocked to learn ZESCO MD making such a plea to the President. Where was cabinet for 3 years when KCM was doing this? Last week, Mr. Chikwanda was visiting KCM, so what was he discussing when ZESCO has such issues and unable to brief him but instead go to tell the president. ZRA owes mines in VAT refunds, and mines owe ZESCO – what the President meant to find a win – win solution is debt cancellation. So who loses – poor Zambian who subsidises mine electricity. Status quo for you and me. No improvement in quality of life.

    Rebundling and unbundling ministries in just 3 years is called policy inconsistency and yet they can’t admit it. The yellow book is out and budgetary allocations done, how will treasury release funds to new ministries when unbundled this time. Disaster…

  41. Tonga hail from the great lakes region area around Ethiopia and began their exodus southwards around 3000 bc. This is the very period moses and the children of Israel started their journey to canaan
    There are historical suggestions to the effect that Tongas are a lost tribe of Israel like the Lemba people of Zimbabwe(Google black Jews of Zimbabwe)
    The name moses rhymes to monze and both have priestly attributes of eldership and not kingship. Both are rain makers. Israel has 12 tribes while Tonga have 12 clans and both tribes are farmers and keepers of live stock while polygamy is their history.
    Tonga have Lwiindi ceremony celebrating harvest while the Jews have their hanuka. The names of habakuk hananiah are very much in tandem with the ‘h’ of the Batonga
    Finally both peoples have…

  42. …had intense xenophobia practised against them and have had their efforts to take part in governance thwarted because of their tribe.
    Consequently in 1948, the Jews around the world came to Israel and formed the Jewish state of Israel because of persecution by different tribes of the nations of the world who likened them to dogs pigs cows and chickens.(rings a bell?)
    Are the Batonga a lost tribe of Israel?

  43. Its a good proposal may addressing the Business risk not necessary in sales-tariff adjustment and capacity (output) to increase the marginal sales revenue will help Zesco unlike trying one single factor =Sales risk in tariff to address the operational risk and financial risk facing Zesco operations

    Its a good proposal and working towards Operational risk and Financial risk implied will be also be helpful not necessary the sensitivities in the increment of tariff

    Addressing the leverages in fixed costs and variable costs on the operating and financial statements will help in turning around like tanesco financial statements and learning from Eskom situation currently

  44. Its interesting to look at the risk in improvements being made by Tanesco with an increase of 40% in tariff on the sales risk and operational and see the prospects from 2014 loss making strategy and 2015 expected improvement regearing and un gearing to restructure the capital structure, improving collections and losses in generation costs per customer

    Leverage the costs and managing the sales risk marginally increasing the tariff by 40% ,removing the largest fixed cost that goes on the breakeven point ..

    The prospect for Tanesco is a turn around strategy with completion of new gas fueled power station resulting in generation cost reduction per customer per class

  45. That Business risk and Operational risk”” in Operating profit before net fair value gain and net finance cost,Operating profit before net finance cost including the effect on Profit before tax “‘

    That is the tariff scenario in Zesco in contrast to Tenasco and Eskom case scenarios

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