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Government advised to develop hydro power generation plant at Lumangwe water falls

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Lumangwe falls
Lumangwe falls

A concerned Zambian has advised government to consider setting up a hydro power generation plant on Lumangwe water falls in Kawambwa District.

Shadereck Goma, a Kitwe resident, says the Lumangwe waterfalls’ should be considered by government through the Zambia Electricity Supplying Company (ZESCO) because it would be able to supply power for the northern part of Zambia.

Mr. Goma added that the campaign against deforestation could only be addressed if people had alternative sources of energy at affordable tariffs.

He said this during this year’s 51st Zambia International Trade Fair at the Northern Tourism Circuit Stand.

Mr. Goma said the unexploited Lumangwe falls is at its peak all year round unlike the Victoria falls whose water levels go down during the dry season around September and October.

And a Teacher at Ndeke Primary School in Kitwe, Dorica Kumwenda said the possibility of generating hydro power from the mighty Lumangwe falls will solve the problem of load shedding permanently.

He said in addition , there will be a constant supply to meet the local demand and the surplus for export if the Hydr power station is set up there.

And a male Nurse at Ndola Central Hospital Kenneth Msili said if ZESCO is compelled to set up hydro power station at Lumangwe, it would give the Northern part of Zambia a permanent source of electricity instead of letting the entire country dependant on the Kariba dam.

14 COMMENTS

  1. No you can’t generate power at this falls just makert it better built a resort near the falls .that’s not how you generate power it much more than water falling below.

    • Africa don’t comment on things you don’t know all the studies on this fall were done two years ago and a go ahead was given what is left is just funds and political will

    • This govt is led by someone that said , “I have no vision”. It is extremely naive to thinK PF under Edgar Lungu can plan beyond a by-election. It take only 18 months to construct a decent thermal power station yet PF is coming close to 4yrs in office and only massive load shedding to show for it. The decisions we make to today , shape our future. 2016, please vote wisely

  2. @ Africa
    Kindly give more clarity as to why you think electricity can not be generated at this falls. Most of the people dont know this falls. So more details will be welcome

  3. Lumangwe falls is the second biggest waterfalls in Zambia though Chishimba Falls is more spectacular than even Vic Falls

  4. It looks like Zambia is not the only country failing to pay contractors.
    Namibia is failing to complete roads that were started as far back as 2012.

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  5. MR GOMA, YOU ARE RIGHT LUMANGWE FALLS LIKE OTHERS ARE JUST LOAFING. IN FACT THERE ARE SO MANY RIVERS SUCH AS LUAPULA AND CHAMBESHI WHERE THE GOVERNMENT CAN BUILD HYDRO DAMS TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY ENOUGH TO POWER THE INDUSTRIAL WHEELS, AND DOMESTIC NEEDS OF ZAMBIA AS WELL AS EXPORT. ON DEFORESTATION- EVEN NOW ZAMBIA CAN AVOID DEFORESTATION BY COMPLETELY USING COAL IN DOMESTIC HOMES. COAL IS EVEN BETTER THAN CHARCOALS AS IT CAN BE REUSED UNLIKE CHARCOAL WHICH CAN NEVER BE REUSED ONCE LIGHTED. BOTSWANA ETC, AND EUROPEAN COUNTRIES USE COAL AT LARGE FOR COOKING AND HEATING.

  6. The Head (Height) of the falls looks small for a commercial Hydro-power station.

    Luapula River has very good sites with high heads & volumes e.g. Mumbotuta

  7. Do I sense desperation from northerners that there should be diversification of power from Southern Province? Just chill; SP is not seceding. Before Lumangwe, Chimbutuma or any other falls in NP or Luapula is developed, there’s Kafue Gorge Lower and Batoka Gorge power stations to be developed.

  8. there are a lot of waters in luapula province.When you have a leader who has no vision what do you expect,Zesco is talking about the shortage of water.There felling to generate enough power because of water,but we have abundance of waters in luapula province why don’t they take advantage of abundance waters in the province.Only a leader who has vision can take advantage of the waters going to west in the province not lungu.

  9. Vision! PF came in as a new government and surely they had short term, medium term and long term goals (something associated with PF Manifesto). So you want EL to shun all those goals and put in his own, where on earth is the democracy? There is no easy solution, Zambia is a poor country, the PF government should just work extra hard to achieve these objectives and at the same time stop wasting resources. If anything, they should lay bear their development plans for all of us to see and monitor, failure to do this they will cease to be a credible government and once again we will be searching for a new government-experiment after experiment..and please PF give us a new constitution for things to start running smoothly and avert witch hunting in the nation!

  10. There is a cluster of falls in kawambwa that were studied for atleast 1000mw. The right was given tovlunzuanhydro 10 years ago and they have failed to get funding.

    There is kabwelume falls behind which is potential and tourist venture, there is kundabwiku maleand female.

    What government needs to do is to reposses the rights off lunzua hydro and find a partner to develop these facilities.

    The falls cannot be damaged since the dams would be built in such a way that the maximum storage isnalso a the level on the tip of the falls.

    Lekeni unukopo please

  11. Our journalists are sleeping, this is the time Zanis can shine by showing clips of falls like Lumangwe and Kabwe lumens on Kalungwishi River. There is also a park on this beautiful river and not so many Zambians know about this. The problem is we have all taken Lusaka to be Zambia and forget completely the rest of the Country – side.

  12. Zambians you do not your country, it very sad indeed. There is a company called Lunzua Power Company who are supposedly to develop 200MW. Get the data from ministry of Energy. Zambians you talk without facts. Engage Energy Regulation Board on these issues.

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