ZESCO Limited has instituted investigation into the power blackout that was experienced at Heroes National Stadium during the game between Zambia and Gabon. ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata said that there was sufficient power to light the entire stadium and surrounding areas.
Mr. Kapata said that the power outage which happened at Heroes stadium was NOT as a result of load shedding. Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front Media Committee has called on ZESCO management to fully investigate the power outage that happened last evening at Heroes Stadium during the Zambia Gabon friendly match.
Mr. Kapata said the blackout had nothing to do with load shedding as the stadium station had a capacity of 9 MVA which was eight times more than the requested for by the stadium management during construction.
“There was no load shedding and that is the reason why we have instituted an investigation on the matter, power was there but something went wrong, that is what we are investigating and you aware that the head of State was in the stadium and surroundings could not be subjected to load shedding. We are seriously investigating what went wrong at the stadium, for security purposes we cannot subject the stadium and surrounding places to load shedding.” Mr. Kapata said.
He maintained that what happened at Heroes Stadium had nothing to do with load shedding. A cross section of society has questioned the logic by Zesco to load shed the Heroes Stadium after assuring soccer funs that there would be no power cut.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front Media Committee has called on ZESCO management to fully investigate the power outage that happened last evening at Heroes Stadium during the Zambia Gabon friendly match.
Committee Member Benjamin Siwila says what happened at stadium was an act of sabotage.
And PF Youths in Lusaka says what happened at the stadium was a security risk especially that the Head of State was present.
Speaking on behalf of PF Youths in Lusaka, Robinson Chipili said the power outage was also unfortunate as lives of many people would have been lost had there been a stampede.