Energy Minister Dora Siliya says there is need for Zambian households to start thinking of migrating from charcoal to using coal as a domestic source of energy. Ms Siliya is particularly concerned that the country may start receiving reduced amount of rainfall should citizens continue to cut down trees for making charcoal.
The Minister was speaking shortly after inspecting the thermo power plant being built by Maamba Collieries Limited in Sinazongwe District. Ms Siliya is of the view that if the country substitutes charcoal for coal, the distribution of the commodity would create more jobs.
She is also concerned that coal is being stock piled instead of using it as a domestic source of energy. Zambian households mostly use electricity and charcoal to cook their meals.
Meanwhile, Ms Siliya says government is happy with the compensation given to families that were displayed to pave way for the construction of the thermo power plant in Sinazongwe District.
Ms Siliya is pleased that Maamba Collieries Limited, which is building the thermo power plant has compensated families through building houses and giving them cash. She explained that Government does not want to stop development but at the same time does not want displaced families to be left in the cold.
The Minister was speaking when she visited the newly built residential complex for displaced families. Ms Siliya recalled that the country has a history with the construction of Kariba dam where displaced families were not taken care of.
The Minister stressed that Government does not want the Kariba dam incident to re occur. Sixty-two families have been resettled after they were displaced by the coal mine.