President Lungu visits ZESCO power Generation sites

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President Lungu briefs the press at kariba dam wall
President Lungu briefs the press at kariba dam wall

The Republican President Edgar Lungu today visited the Kafue Gorge and the Kariba Dam to have a first hand sense of the load shedding problem that has engulfed the country. During the visit, the President Lungu has appealed to National Assembly speaker Patrick Matibini to allow MPs to travel to Kariba dam and see for themselves the low water levels at the dam.

President Edgar Lungu also challenged ZESCO to carry out its Power rationing equitably among Zambians.

The President said that there are concerns that the available power is not shared equally among the citizens.

President Lungu was speaking after receiving a briefing on the current national power deficit in the country from ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende at Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre.

The President who toured the Kariba Dam said that Zambians have complained that the elite in suburb areas have less time of load shedding than those in peri-urban areas.

President Lungu also wanted to find out how much progress ZESCO has made in importing power from Mozambique to mitigate the effects of load shedding in the country.

And Energy Minister Christopher Yaluma said that the elite in the suburbs should also feel the pinch of power rationing like every other Zambia.

Meanwhile, ZESCO has since started importing about 100 Mega Watts of power from Mozambique.

ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende also said that ZESCO staff will be going back to Mozambique next week to conclude the deal.

He was speaking at Kariba Dam today when President Lungu toured the power generation facilities to have an on the ground understanding of the prevailing power deficits.

And Mr. Mundende has dispelled assertions that defective turbines are the cause of the current national loading shedding.

He has maintained that the current power rationing is due to low water levels.

And in responding to the President if ZESCO had not anticipated the situation, Mr. Mundende stated that the rainfall pattern was very deceptive.

He says ZESCO has since restricted its power generation to 540 Megawatts against an average generation capacity of 800 Megawatts at the Kafue Gorge Power Station.

He said that Zambezi River Authority has also given a restriction of generating 800 Mega watts at Kariba Dam against the generation capacity of over 1 000 Mega watts because of the safety of the dam wall.

Mr. Mundende said that if ZESCO generated power at full capacity with the current water levels, the water would only last up to October and the country would experience a total blackout.

He said that the current load shedding will allow generation to continue until December when the rains are anticipated.

President Lungu tour zesco power plant at Kafue Gorge station
President Lungu tour zesco power plant at Kafue Gorge station
President Lungu tour zesco power plant at Kafue Gorge station
President Lungu tour zesco power plant at Kafue Gorge station
Presisent Lungu tour Kariba dam wall at zesco kariba north bank
President Lungu tour Kariba dam wall at zesco kariba north bank
President Lungu address at Siavonga high School during the tour of kariba Zesco plant
President Lungu address at Siavonga high School during the tour of kariba Zesco plant
President Lungu greets chief Simamba and Chief Chipepo at Zesco guest house in Siavonga
President Lungu greets chief Simamba and Chief Chipepo at Zesco guest house in Siavonga
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    • HH sounded the warning about power deficit 3 months ago. Edgar and his friends in PF did nothing at that time. I tell you when Edgar said he had no vision, he meant what he said. Power Failure=PF

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    • where is the report on carbon monoxide poisoning and deaths from people using mbabulas in the house for heating and cooking with all this load shedding.

      The load shedding should not have started in the winter months, you are killing people. Why can’t Zambians think kanshi?

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    • Cheap turbines from China , the took out the originals from England . Zambia every and very one is corrupt!! Soon it will be Lusaka water and sewage. If MP go there will the bring the rain? Who’s paying for there travelling?

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    • It is interesting how some people call others dull and not educated. They get a story from WDog and use it to mislead people. How can someone who claims to be clever than ba Kaponya get a story from the dog that the chinese removed turbines installed by the British and replaced with cheap ones? Siavonga is less than 200km from Lusaka. I would expect our friends who claim to know about long term planning to do a small research before they expose their ignorance. Here are the facts (which can be verified by a taking a short trip to Siavonga – bus fare is less than K100):-

      1. The first four machines were rehabilited by Alstom France, for 10 yrs
      2. the chinese designed, manufactured and installed two new machines during what was called extension project from 2008 – 2014 initiated by Levy…

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    • It is part of our culture to kneel before elder out of respect. Stop politicking on everything.

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    • And please stop thesis talk of Edgar being humble..he says little because he knows very little, and when he speaks it is , “Wako niwako”, ” I will crush them like a ton of bricks”, I can hire and fire anyone”.he never says anything about the economy, because he knows nothing. Being ignorant is very different from being humble

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    • Where is the picture on low water levels? Smzhmmm…!! (as they do it in Nigerian movies).

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  1. This is very good for the president. From the power station, go and visit Zesco head office in Lusaka.

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  2. Drunkard and thieving Lawyer Chagwa turned electoral engineer. since when?

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    • You are just a d0g. Nothing more. So bitter with so much hatred that u even find it difficult to sleep at night. Unfortunately, it will be like this. Fo you forever…I’d!0t.

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    • Being 1diot is one thing.

      But when in-bred 1mbecile like you call somebody else 1diot, it is hilarious.

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  3. “President Lungu has appealed to National Assembly speaker Patrick Matibini to allow MPs to travel to Kariba dam and see for themselves the low water levels at the dam”.

    How is that a solution to power shortage which has engulfed the Country? How does an MP’s visit improve the situation?

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    • On whose money would the MP’s visit Kariba to see with “their own eyes”?

      Lungu is visionless! Instead of making solutions, he’s busy campaigning for 2016 whilst remaining MUTE on the ECONOMIC crisis & the downfall of the KWACHA.

      Now that visionless Lungu & PF (Pathetically Flabbergasting) are addicted to “kamwendo mujila” want MPs to finally hit the last nail onto its head (Economically Bankruptcy)?

      Lungu don’t be mislead by BANDITS like Davies Chama & RB, whose lives depend on tribalism in Wako Ni Wako corruption mantra. In fact why is bandit Chama PF~SG still “flee”? Chama is a menace to society as he, attempted murder on a UPND member in Mulobezi.

      PF as visionless as its leadership is, are PLAN LESS, no solutions!

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • Don’t be dull here. We know you are a bitter lot and u oppose anything. Your Upnd MPs are the ones shouting on an anthill that the water levels are okay. So he wants them to have first hand data instead of relying on their constitution, tha zambian watchdog. So, what’s wrong with them getting on a bus and Take a 2 hour journey to siavonga. With u everything is about cost….SO STINGY. decision making involves costs

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    • @5.2 Chuck,
      I notice you have NOT answered my question @5, but deviated to using derogatory remarks. That speaks volumes about your lack of capacity to come up with solutions to our Country’s problems.

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  4. Humbleness is the only quality that he possess, 95% of Zambians are humble that is why the country is taken advantage of ,we need a person with a strong character ,vision, ambitious, innovative, with a business acumen and incorruptable. chiwoneni chokolewa futi chobalela.

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  5. It’s not necessary for all mps to go there Mr president we kno and we have heard let them jus import fast so that we do a donchi kubeba to our critics

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  6. Drunk kaminamisa. Cry mother Zambia. 2016 save us from this tribal Wako ni Wako man.

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  7. This ‘me too’ Kachasu Addicted President does not stop to amaze me. Just because his intelligence wings told him that HH went to Luapula where he was greeted with a Presidential welcome, he too decided to abandon his Jamesons/Kachasu Bottles and decided to fly to Southern Province with a pretex of seeing ZESCO water low levels.

    I am sure the political heat he is getting from HH is too much for him, hence his decision to imitate him.

    Anyway, the issue of Persistent Load Shedding should be an eye opener to him that the huge sums of money he is spending in gallivanting/Global Trotting should have been channeled towards ZESCO.

    It is sad that our poor and useless presidents finds pressure in dancing in foreign airports instead of attending to such urgent matters.

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    • Doesn’t your bitterness pain. You will talk, insult and shout until your small d!ck falls off. But the more you insult, the more elections you lose. You think insulting EL will make under 5 win. If you are as courageous as u want to sound, use your real name, not a pseudo…meanwhile, happy bitterness

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  8. Truth be told, this trip by the President to Kariba dam was initiated social media last week attacking him of not visiting the power generation site and instead going to independence partied in Malawi and Mozambique. The power of social media!

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    • In politics you can either choose the right leaders to do the right things or elect the wrong leaders and beg them to do the right thing.

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  9. we need Zesco to start at least one of their ‘own’ coal plant….droughts are unpredictable this is the perfect time to start looking into it …..there is enough coal in zambia

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    • Zesco is another visionless tribal “Wako ni wako” cadre company that should be wound up. Its usefulness expired a long time ago. Zesco is being used to suck money out of Zambians for the benefit of the PFools.

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  10. Indeed the President has moved to Kariba after being condemned for globe trotting. Appears the man is not self supervised

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  11. Have you observed that since Edgar Lungu collapsed due to alcohol early this year; HH is receiving a lot of positive comments than him (Edgar Lungu) from online bloggers and the general public.

    Last week I was on the plane from Cape Town-South Africa to Washington DC in USA, and all people on the plane were talking positive about HH and blaming our Kachasu addicted man for the collapse of our economy.
    If the News Headline concerns Edgar Lungu, the maximum number of positive commentators would be 100, while for HH the go up to 200.

    This tells us that our drunkard president is no longer popular in this country. HH is 2 times popular than him.

    Edgar Lungu is losing the 2016 elections whatever happens.

    HH is the 7th President of the Sovereign Republic of…

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    • You are very stupid my friend. You come and tell us about comments made by people in a plan. The moron HH will never rule Zambia.

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    • @Hold malama, you may say whatever you may wish to say but better do it with out a lie or exaggeration.People travelling on aeroplanes especially long haul journeys do not talk loudly and any how!! How of those on your flight even care about Zambia to discuss it!! Which “all people on the plane” do you mean? You and another Zambia?Such a thing can only happen on bus leaving Lusaka heading to somewhere within Zambia..

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    • The thing is; these PF kaponyas know that even if people complain about the economic hardships, the illiterate cadres will still extend the suffering of the majority people by still voting for them, come election time! They are the majority voters! We can speak here and at the end of the day not even bother to go and vote and the illiterate cadres will be there with ‘ifintu ni Lungu’. The illiteracy levels and poverty is what has caused the so called leaders not to be accountable to the electorate. Come election time, they will just distribute chitenge and Chibuku and they will be back!

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    • The thing is; these PF kaponyas know that even if people complain about the economic hardships, the illiterate cadres will still extend the suffering of the majority people by still voting for them, come election time! They are the majority voters! We can speak here and at the end of the day not even bother to go and vote and the illiterate cadres will be there with ‘ifintu ni Lungu’. The illiteracy levels and poverty is what has caused the so called leaders not to be accountable to the electorate. Come election time, they will just distribute chitenge and Chibuku and they will be back!!

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    • Ubufi…was the plane full of Zambians or people interested in Zambia.? Do not let your personal opinion cloud your reasoning. You mean you talked to everyone on that plane?

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  12. Last week social media attacked Edgar Lungu for not having visited Kariba dam and he has now travelled. But does he need to be pushed to work surely?

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  13. This is the reason you supporters of HH on the internet blur his real support from Zambians. You insulate him with your demeaning remarks against others and you think he can win elections like that?
    President Lungu is equally humble and has the necessary qualities. Otherwise he could not have been the a favourite of president Sata.
    Now let us look at the two natural phenomena that are used to generate electricity. Sun and rain. which one can give us uninterrupted power supply throughout the year?

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    • @Umubemba Inkoko, I will be very surprised if Edgar can answer your question correctly. Anyway kwacha is almost 8 to a dollar and there are people that still believe Edgar will deliver , when he told us he has no vision. Why do Zambians demand so little from their leaders? We also get satisfied with very little!

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    • Zesco is another visionless tribal “Wako ni wako” cadre company that should be wound up. Its usefulness expired a long time ago. Zesco is being used to suck money out of Zambians for the benefit of the PFools.

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  14. The lazy bum has donned a white dust coat…surely where on earth do staff where white coats in factories any more…instead of encouraging the speaker of NA to encourage MPs to sight see and waste tax payers money of accommodation and allowances in Siavonga the lazy bum should be talking about investing in alternative energy sources like solar power to supplement the national grid.

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  15. MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE ZAMBIA DOESN’T SEEM TO REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AHEAD. ZAMBIA DOESN’T SEEM TO KNOW THAT IT’S ACTUALLY LACK OF PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THOSE PLANS IN GOOD TIME THAT SOLVES AND AVOIDS A LOT OF PROBLEMS THAT ANY COUNTRY MAY FACE. IN FACT THANKS FOR THE LATE MICHAEL SATA- THINGS AT LEAST STARTED MOVING. PLANS STARTED BEING IMPLEMENTED INTO ROADS, BRIDGES, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES AND MANY MORE. RECENT MINING PROJECTS IN ZAMBIA WERE NOT COMING IN INCOGNITO. THEY WERE ALL ANNOUNCING THEIR COMING THROUGH VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AND PARASTATAL ORGANISATIONS. FROM THIS ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT ZESCO WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY WOULD HAVE EFFECTIVELY, PLANNED TO HANDLE POWER AND ENERGY ISSUES. ALAS, NO ONE EVEN TALKED ABOUT POWER AND ENERGY…

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    • …EXPANSION. IF THEY DID THAT WAS JUST FOR THE SAKE OF FILLING UP THEIR TIME SHEETS WITH HOURS. NOW, LET’S NOT CRY ABOUT SPILT MILK AND HERE ARE SUGGESTED LONG TERM SOLUTIONS TO POWER:
      1. THE GOVT SHOULD SIGN A 5 TO 6 YEARS CONTRACT WITH A COUNTRY OR COUNTRIES TO SUPPLY ENOUGH POWER FOR DOMESTICCONSUMPTION ONLY WHILE ZESCO SUPPLIES ONLY MINES AND FACTORIES, 2. THE GOVERNMENT MUST GO INTO PPP WITH FRENCH, JAPANESE OR GERMANY POWER GENERATION COMPANIES TO START BUILDING DAMS ACROSS LUAPULA, CHAMBESHI, LUNZUWA AND OTHER RIVERS OVER A PERIOD OF 6 YEARS FOR THE LASTING POWER SOLUTIONS, THE GOVERNMENT MUST UN BUNDLE ZESCO INTO POWER GENERATION SALES AND MARKETING, 3. SOLAR ENERGY MUST SERIOUSLY BE HARNESSED THROUGH PPP

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    • ONCE THIS IS DONE POWER GENERATION WILL BE CONTINUOUS, JUST AS POWER SUPPLY. HOWEVER, NO ONE SHOULD PAY FOR A POLE OF POWER. SUPPLIERS WILL BE DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE BY ERECTING POWER LINES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. POWER CUSTOMERS SHOULD ONLY PAY THE ELECTRICITY THEY ARE CONSUMING ETC.

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    • Whilst I agree with your reasoning, there is IMMEDIATE and URGENT NEED to restore electricity supply.

      It is costly, but necessary. Why not leasing generators (output 50-100 Mega-volts) like in Tanzania?

      Otherwise, if next rainy season is poor, the collapse of local economy will be completed.

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    • If only you didn’t use capital letters; then others would read your posts and take you seriously as its not easy to read a 500 character post in capitals.

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    • @Peter, your points in theory are valid, but u have not substantiated your comments with facts and figures. My interest is on energy issues. Your mentioned getting power from countries for 5 to 6 years. tell me which country can give u the 500MW deficit for that period. do u have any data to show that there is country where we can get that power from? On point #2 what is yo basis for choosing Japan, France and German? Do u know why it is difficulty to attract private investment in power sector? do u even know the current tariff in relation to the cost power generation in Zambia? Please google and read the energy policy b4 u continue exposing your ignorance. This solar energy u all talk about, tell me where u can install even 100MW of solar plant in Zambia, and how u can transmit it….

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  16. HH HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ABSOLUTE FAILURE OF THE PF TO PLAN. MONTHS BACK MANY PEOPLE SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THIS ISSUE AND COULD FORE TELL IT WAS COMING. ONLY NOW ARE THESE GUYS FINALIZING ARRNGEMNTS TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FAILURE OF HIS GOVERNMENT. LUNGU STILL NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE CBU ISSUE! EXCEPT HE DOES NOT WANT O TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. WHAT KIND OF A PREAIDENT IS AFRAID OF RESOLVING A NATIONAL CRISIS BECAUSE HE IS AFRAID OF TAKING THE BLAME IF THINGS GO BAD? THAT IS WHAT LEADERSHIP IS. MR PRESIDENT GET INVOLVED AND SORT OUT THE MESS YOUR MINISTERS HAVE CREATED.

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  17. Do we live in the same country. All economic stats are showing a decline and one is still praising PF, very strange. I am not even part of the opposition but I find Zambia a strange country

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    • Zambia is a fcuked country being run by liars for lazy people. No one takes responsibility for the state of the country. It is God to blame!

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    • Don’t be surprised my friend, some Zambians (especially supporters of the powers that be) think with their stomachs rather than their brains. Sad as it sounds it is unfortunately true. They will keep a blind eye and a deaf ear to the plight of the majority citizens as long as they are eating, that is Zambia for you.

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  18. Why kneeling to the people you insulted, the power problem has been going on a month, if sata was around, he was going to go there, 2 nd day the problem was spotted.
    Useless, indeed please don’t pay attention to him, he has power 24hours without interruption

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  19. Hilda, before the January 2015 elections, you were yapping about HH. Come 2016, the people who were on the plane talking positive about HH will not be the ones to decide who should rule us, but those who did not fly to Washington. In 2016, you will start talking about 2021 and the story will continue.

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    • Which people on the plane? Do people on the plane make noise? You can only talk to or listen to your neighbor! It only shows that this Hilda chakuti is just a fluke of a traveler!

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    • Zambia is a fcuked country being run by liars for lazy people. No one takes responsibility for the state of the country. It is God to blame!

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  20. and by the way, just before the last 4 parliamentary bye elections, people on the plane were talking positive about HH and UPND but the party that was not talked about on the plane and in offices carried the day. Such is life. Like the wise man said, “… the race is not to the swift…”. The intelligent ones will continue crying of the votes being stolen from them from 2006 till we lay them to eternal rest

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    • @ Easterner; Kabulo-muleya

      That just confirm that majority of voters are 1mbeciles.

      Nothing more.

      “Success” (lol) of PF administration is in the open.

      Solution of our President to the collapse of electrical generating power has been to invite Members of Parliament to visit dam!!!

      What for?

      Does he think that they will cry and theirs tears will fill the dam?

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  21. Pamaka, pamaka, pamaka. ..Pabwato …pabwato. ..Pabwato. Opposition MPs must jump into a bus and go to check the water levels. *****s we have been telling them all this time. Even no 1 had to go on site. Stupids.

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  22. I seem to like the two Chiefs Simamba and Chipepo. They look very wise as well. God bless them chiefs!

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  23. Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” — Warren Buffett

    I did not succeed in life by intelligence. I succeeded because I have a long attention span.” — Charlie Munger

    Solve more problems than you create-The Motley Fool ?

    “‘those that take the plunge by investing in energy projects in Africa need to “go in with their eyes wide open”‘

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  24. Chief executive of US engineering giant General Electric (GE), Jeff Immelt, continues to see Africa as GE’s most promising growth region. His company has built a US$6bn business in Africa over the last decade, virtually from scratch. GE Africa now operates in 35 countries on the continent and the company recently pledged to invest $2bn in new investments in Africa by 2018, with the electric power sector seen as a top priority. In 2014, Standard Bank sealed a R3.4bn (around $270m) financing agreement with GE aimed at increasing access to power and infrastructure across 10 countries.

    The US’s Power Africa initiative, launched in 2013, has gotten the ball rolling from a US perspective. It aims to double access to power with its six partner countries in Africa – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,…

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  25. countries in Africa – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. More than $7bn has been committed via financial support and loan guarantees, but that amount almost doubles when private sector project finance commitment is added.

    the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative has attracted more than $120bn in commitments for the sector in Africa

    Tap In Taking the advantage even in the Asia and Bricas;;;

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  26. Manitoba Hydro electric will also help raise much needed financing others in private investments into much needed sites in hydro and lines evacuating will need a firm SPV already up and running with track record making CEC already listed very attractive to move Kafue Gorge lower with proper equity ,legal,Gov,Procument,Due Diligence in investments consultations with proper tenure BOT and BOOT clearly defined over that investments horizon

    Its free advise

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  27. 1- Late president Sata once told his MPs that he was disappointed his MPs were not developing Zambia.
    2- To day president Edigar Chagwa Lungu is appealing to the speaker of National Assembly to allow MPs to visit Kariba dam to see for themselves how low level of water is affecting Zesco to generate power.
    This is what it means to be visionless and hopelessness of PF leadership.

    The two statements have nothing to do with solving the problems at hand. It just exposes how these leaders lack stateman’s acumen.

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  28. Use Manitoba Hydro Electric to Invest in Kafue lower and define ownership in equity Manitoba Hydro or GE will help to bridge the Financing GAP using the BOT or BOOT strategy
    Manitoba is an American listed Hydro Electric Developer rated by Moody’s in Credit Ratings Bridge the Financing Gap If you fell come back will give you ten more of those willing to Finance Power Projects but your business case and feasibility in project structure must be sound to reach financial closure
    For Private Investors will need to review the procurement process time line of project your transactional advisers project structure and basically the due diligence
    Upfront proceeds to SPV;

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  29. Speak to people nicely with a convincing business case and never exaggerate you will not get the confidence you deserve to be supported and people will see sense as opposed to the value at risk Be humble and sincerely run a well informed road show with the sincere need to invest in the lower as opposed to the financial

    The two are willing to help above the project amounts budgeted speak nicely and without exaggerating or loading it over Sometimes softly to convince

    If you fell come back through Lusaka times will give you Ten more or speak for you and they will buy in

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  30. Where are photos of low waters??? The photo of water shown shows normal water levels for this time of the year. Either EL has dull advisors not to show us low waters or they are lying. Usually all dams have marker levels to show the level of water. Where are the photos pipo???.

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    • Patrick u are the one who is dull. when we say low water level we are not expecting u to see it by pictures. Turbines have operating range both lower and upper for optimum performance. With the current levels, we can generate at full capacity of 1080MW but only for few months because then we will hit the low water level mark that can cause machines to cavitate. this would prompt the control system to initiate complete machine outage. so tell me what would rather have, 100% generation for a 3 months or a reduced generation until we have adequate rains? Please don’t expose yo ignorance on issues that u don’t know…..

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  31. Have noticed that HH is more popular online indicating that his supporters are the elite and top society.Majority poor Zambian can not afford 24/7 blogging. They can not even accesses Internet.

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  32. Importing electricity from Mozambique! Is it not from the Kahora Bassa dam that is also on the Zambezi that Mozambique generates electricity? Maybe Mozambique did not experience low rainfall and its dam is full to the brim!

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  33. From the insults ECL is receiving here, I fully understand why next year Edgar is going to win hands down. Call them any name you want, the Zambian voter do not buy nonsense.

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  34. @36 FuManchu, even a grade seven pupil can answer that simple geography for you. Let me attempt. Kahora Bassa dam is on the Zambezi river right? Before Zambezi feeds Kahora Bassa it is joined by the Kafue river, and the Luangwa river and other rivers from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique itself, right? To put it simply, all the waters from Zambezi river and Kafue river pour into the Kahora Bassa dam, right?

    And you have heard of floods which affected Tete in Mozambique but not in Zambia right? I hope the simple grade seven geography lesson above will now assist you to develop your thinking capacity, right?

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  35. SOME ONE AT ZESCO NEEDS TO BE FIRED.

    IN ITEZHI TEZHI IT IS A PROBLEM OF WATER MISMANAGEMENT RATHER THAN POOR RAINS.

    HOW DID ZESCO ALLOW THE CHINESE COMPANY TO RELEASE ALL THE WATER FROM ITEZHI TEZHI LAKE WHEN WE ARE SUPPOSED TO MONITOR AND ENSURE THAT THE DAM IS FULL ALL THE TIME?

    THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO LACK OF HYDROLOGICAL PLANNING AS KAFUE RIVER EMERGES FROM RICH EQUATORIAL RAIN FORESTS.

    WHY CANT WE GET LUAPULA WATER INTO KAFUE THROUGH THE PEDDICLE? THE CHINESE CAN HELP US, AS THAT WATER GETS LOST AND WASTED INTO “LWALABA” RIVER AND IS NOT NEEDED BY EQUATORIAL WATER RICH DRC.

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    • I agree with you and that this is why the inflow and outflow from reservoirs and the quantity in them should be measured and this used to be done in the past on a daily basis. The Chief Hydrologist at ZESCO would advise on the amount of water to be released for power generation from time to time based on these measurements. This is why the current situation appear not to have been planned because up to about end of May ZESCO was generating power at full blast. Then suddenly we are told there is no water. This is a clear indication of lack of planning.

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    • iwe, which chinese company allowed the water to be released from Itezhi tezhi dam to be released? do u even know what the purpose of itezhi tezhi dam is? u are the people misleading the nation.

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  36. Thank you peter @17. That is one of the sensible contribution to this debate. Much of the rest is opposition rhetoric taking advantage to build political mileage and NOT offering solutions to problems that they themselves will face if they continue with their simpleton approach to national issues and lies to gain votes.
    Was Edgar Lungu there when these problems started manifesting themselves more than twenty years ago?
    Will HH solve these problems by offering to reduce tariffs? Can HH build power stations in a year?
    The answer to all these questions is NO, NO, NO!

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    • And because answer is NO, No, No, we shall continue to elect same sort of leaders, lazy, no vision, bent on tribalism, one party state, medical tourism, illegality, corruption, nepotism…

      Wake-up and open your eyes to the reality and “achievements” of past 50 years.

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  37. UPND is for online media and no matter how many times they yap yap ,they will never rule Zambia.You are jealousy of EL who is being appreciated by all Zambians including your so called strong hold Southern prov.

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    • The UPND and other opposition supporters must be mad to be jealous of “appreciation” (lol) of the “achievements” (lol) in last four years or you are one of those who is benefiting from the collapse of the economy?

      Which one?

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  38. What has your HH done in Southern prov being an economist with billions of kwacha ? NIL What do you think he can do for other regions if you gave him state power ? Just continue helping him enjoy his money during campaigns until it finishes.

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  39. Criticisms from Mucheleka,Andrew Banda,Lupando,Luonde,Mulongoti or whoever will not distract the people of Zambia.EL is still the most preferred Presido even beyond 2016.The man is humble and well focused.No wonder Sata liked him so much.

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    • Sata liked him because he was a docile chap with no ambitions so he was not a threat to Sata you dull cadre. And quit changing names! You are very few PF supporters here, the majority are in the compounds drinking chibuku where you should be.

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  40. And you so called chatasha you are a pure cow dung cadre without direction.Your ka small party will never form govt in Zambia…..may be in nega nega.

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  41. Go to Western province,people are appreciating the developmental projects there……go to NWP,PF is now accepted because they have started initiating developmental progarams.The UPND lies will never be listened to again there.Do you think nega nega formular alone will make you win ?

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  42. MPs like Mweetwa should stop yapping any how in the Post.I was passing thru Choma the other day and EL is doing good roads and every one i talked to expressed happiness with PF.Plz be appreciative to this govt.You are luck because in your area its janza,janza,janza all the time ! if it was on merit,the candidate for PF in Choma central was supposed to win.

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  43. PF borrowed eauro bond to invest some into Zesco to resolve the load shedding, where did that money go. _Please let us know where the money went

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  44. Obatala, for roads to be worked on this time it doesnt mean its ECL or PF.All those contracts were signed long before PF came into power. The question we should all be asking is where is the euro bond money which PF has made us indebted from US0.8M to US8M in just 4 years. Right now all zambian ministries are on 40% operational collectively

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  45. Some people do not reason properly…..u think Euro bond money can be used to create rains at Kariba dam and then generate more electricity ?

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    • My goodness are you the best PF can do with regards chaps online to defend them? You have a very simple mind you know that? To be able to ask such a dumb question with pride? Yaba!

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  46. It is not just expanding the generation capacity but also expanding the transmission and distribution lines. If for example you increase your pumping capacity the water pipes need to be increased otherwise they will burst. A number of substations have been expanded e.g. PHI and Kabulonga substations to meet the increased load. The generation capacity has increased from about 1700 MW to about 2200 MW, see ERB website but unfortunately the new gensets cannot generate extra power without fuel i.e. water. And you still want to know how the Eurobond has been used. The installed capacity has increased by 500 MW within the last 4 years. The Chinese turbines and turbines have not been given chance to work because there is no water.

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  47. @17.3 It is either Mega Watts or Kilo Volt Amperes and not Mega Volts. If in doubt consult an electrical engineer!

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