The Forum for Democracy and Development(FDD) has applauded President EDGAR LUNGU for approving proposals by ZESCO Limited to freeze domestic consumer tariffs for the next 24 months and to adjust commercial consumer tariffs to make them cost-reflective.
FDD Copperbelt Chairperson YOTAM MUTAYACHALO says the move should be supported because it is pro-poor.
Mr. MUTAYACHALO says Zesco domestic tariffs are unreasonably high and beyond the reach of many Zambians.
The opposition FDD leader said it is unfortunate that the majority of Zambians have no access to power despite having many water bodies.
He wonders why Government has allowed Zesco domestic energy users to subsidize huge commercial conglomerates such as mines.
Mr. MUTAYACHALO, who is also former National Energy Sector and Allied Workers Union- NESAW General Secretary, said this in a telephone interview with ZNBC News in Kitwe today.
He has also supported calls by President LUNGU to split some Ministries.
Mr MUTAYACHALO says the splitting of some Ministries such as Mines and Energy into two wings would create effectiveness in the public service.
President LUNGU has announced that he will soon make structural changes to some ministries starting with the splitting of the energy and mining portfolios currently combined under the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development.
The President will also split the Ministry of Communications and Transport, Works and Supply into two to improve operational efficiency.