President Edgar Lungu
President Edgar Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has directed ZESCO and the Energy Regulation Board to adjust downwards its new electricity tariffs following numerous complaints from many domestic users.

The directive marks a complete u-turn on President Lungu who just last month called on Zambians and the business community to embrace the new electricity tariffs.

President Lungu said this when he commissioned the Pensulo-Kasama 330 kilovolts transmission project in Kasama district on December 16 2015 adding that the new tariffs will guarantee meaningful investment and improvements in service delivery in the energy sector.

But through his Spokesman Amos Chanda, President Lungu on Sunday directed ZESCO to cut the new tariffs.

Mr Chanda said President Lungu will examine other ways of encouraging investment in the sector that has suffered stagnated growth due to relatively low tariffs compared to other countries in the region.

“The President wants Zambians to know that he is here to make decisions that will unite Zambia and not breed discontent,” Mr. Chanda said

He said the electricity tariffs reduction is something President Lungu felt had to be done expeditiously until economic alternatives to generate power and encourage investment in the sector are found because Zambians come above economic gains.

President Lungu leaves after visiting the Patriotic Front offices in Chawama constituency. This was after the Head of State attended Mass at Regina Parish in Lusaka's Chawama Constituency on Sunday, Jan 3,2016 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu leaves after visiting the Patriotic Front offices in Chawama constituency. This was after the Head of State attended Mass at Regina Parish in Lusaka’s Chawama Constituency on Sunday, Jan 3,2016 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
President Lungu inspects drainages in Lusaka Chawama constituency after attending Mass at St Regina Catholic Parish on Sunday, January 3,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
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142 COMMENTS

  1. Trying to hoodwink Zambians. You make a pronouncement commanding Zesco and ERB to implement cost-reflective tariffs during the press conference, then 2 months down the line you reverse it; all for political expediency so that his praise singers will say;”We have a listening President”. Nah

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    • This is not a shock to us who know `our` kabotolo friend,,, we know him from years of drinking together, He u-turns all the time and `me toos` always. Thats why me and my friend @Nostradamus are not going to `drinking signing`ceremony on tuesday ku disaster stadium,,,,,,because he u-turned , tuesday is a working day not drinking day

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    • Another “Donchi Kubeba” lie uncovered by concerned citizens reversed. If it had not been ZWD who provided a platform for citizens to analyse and complain about the lies regarding electricity tariffs lungu would not have reversed his government’s decision.

      Earlier Lungu anounced that only tariffs for commercial use were being increased until people complained through ZWD.

      All PF Id10ts who hate ZWD should thank it now. If not , just know that when PF tosses out of its ranks then ZWD will come to your defence if mistreated by the ever lying and killing regime.

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    • @Ndobo, why are you allowing your friend Eddy to let people work on Sunday? My heart bleeds.
      Those are mothers cleaning drainage on Sunday, why not do it on Tuesday? Hooo sorry Tuesday is constitution amendment day.

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    • @ndobo

      Lungu is an ever drunk leader sleeping on duty. All decisions are made and implemented without his knowledge. All he is told is to make announcements without thinking them through.

      Its not only Lungu, but its the whole PF who don’t know what they are doing concerning governing a country, but are execellent at stealing tax and donated money to fatten the off shore accounts.

      When is Lungu cutting fuel prices as well, because crude oil has reduced from $150 to just $36 a barrel.

      I expect every thing to be reduced and salaries increased until after elections when they will go up again.

      PF is just kicking the can down the road. Ni ba chimbwi no plan for sure.

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    • Lungu should be warned that if he does not tell the police to implement the POA fairly then he will be awakened by a revolution in all big cities come July this year.

      Lungu should allow freedom of association, freedom of assembly and expression or face major riots in all big cities.

      Remember what I say always happens!

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    • First time in the history of Zambia to see a president inspecting imifolo because he has no clue of the job description of a president.

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    • i think this president likes to visit places so that he shows off to people. mwaniona ka? am the president. see, you thought i was just an ordinary guy, but see e now, am the president. He is living soe fantasy that he had in his mind as to what a president is. Alemona ka ftj with his suprise visits during his first term and he listened to what people would say afterwards. So these things got stuck in his mind and he want to relive the same things so that people say the same things about him as they did chiluba,maybe mwanawasa and the other presidents. He is not ready for work umuntu uyu. no wonder why he is happiest outside the office than when he is state house. Ati humble, we didnt vote for humble. Be an agressive leader for the right things for our people in the office. forget humble.

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    • WANZELU#… or your real name LARRY MWEETWA.

      And you think your rhetoric will gain you voters in August 2016. Championing a Revolution indeed will help HH to come to power. This is where you UPND folks lose your arguments all the time. Its all about insults, threats and so on. You fail to provide alternative positive arguments inside parliament and when blogging online. You have the do called it self proclaimed MP’s who do nothing.

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    • @Engineer Australia. That is because most roads in Zambia had no drainage to inspect. The entire roads in Kabwata estates were tarred but in 5 years all the tar was washed away and were drainage was provided it was not lined.

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    • Yes Wanzelu, this is the same chipante pante president who donated Jiggies to TB patients. One wonders whether he was drunk or high on something when donating such useless foodstuffs. His advisors should help him with such issues.

      It’s a complete gong show

      Viva HH

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    • Iwe wanzelu…what do you say which happens.. Dd HH win in January? You said that everyday before elections. Stop hallucinating like watchdog…crying awaits you,,,,,,again

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    • Yaba … kuti waseka! Here is what the President said during the Press Conference, ” … Implement the new electricity tariff schedule and progressively move to full cost-reflective tariffs thereafter”. All rational learned bloggers would understand “tariff schedule and progressively”.

      When you have a “schedule”, you operate with specific time frames. This did not mean tariffs had to be increased 300% overnight. The second phrase is “progressively move to full cost-reflective tariffs”. That meant increments were to be effected in a stratified way adjusted upwards, by say 5% every month.

      The President is asking ZESCO and the Board to follow his instructions. The problems lies with ZESCO not the President. His directive of scheduling in a progressive move to full…

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    • Continued …

      The President is asking ZESCO and the Board to follow his instructions. The problems lies with ZESCO not the President. His directive of scheduling in a progressive move to full cost-reflective tariffs was not progressively implemented on a scheduling basis. Thus the new directive to adjust them downwards to mitigate consumer related inflationary trends.

      We should be asking why ZESCO did not provide a “schedule” and why that schedule did not follow a “progressive” mode as directed by the President. Ama Zambian intellectuals, bala nsekesha nebo … Ala vya kulola vye, te vya kuvwanga!!

      Yes, adjust them downwards and follow the instructions by working on a scheduled increase in a progressive manner … no pan intended, period.

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    • SEEMS SOME BLOGGERS ONLY SEES BLACK & WHITE IN EVERYTHING FROM GRZ. IT’S EVRY UNHEALTHY FOR A HEALTHY BRAIN. COLORS EXISTS TOO EH!

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    • @BRM,
      The word schedule escaped through your fingers. When it comes to tariffs it does not mean timeframe. Rather it means table with varying rates. It can either be sliding schedule or progressive as the president stated.

      In any case I am wondering why the president is instructing the board. The board should be autonomous. Otherwise it has no use.

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    • So who is going to pay for all this; ZESCO making all those adjustments and budgets…imagine if you are an Energy investor already setting up and you get these policy inconsistency?

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  2. That’s the way to go your Excellence people wanted to take advantage of the increase in the electricity tariffs

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    • How can it be the way to go …when its him the lazy bum who ordered ERB to increase in the first place at his press conference even before the worked it out and you are praising him, the bar is set so low in our country even mediocrity is praised.

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    • Roll back to 1990. Kaunda reverses the price of maize meal(unga) after riots on the copperbelt. Lost elections in 1991.

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    • Very true Jay Jay, this kabotolo Lungu character stood in front of cameras ordering Zesco to increase tariffs, but when all this backfired he backtracked and ordered them to reverse the tariffs once again, so I equally fail to see how his poor decision making and lack of foresight makes him a hero in all of this.

      Meanwhile come August 2016 all this mediocrity will come to an end when HH comes to power

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  3. When I tell you this LAZY BUM EDGAR has no leadership qualities you think its an insult…leadership is not about issuing directives and silly orders; if you are going to issue them stand by them….this is myopic shambolic leadership at its best…oh its global!!

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  4. Lungu reminds me my late mother who used to say something when i cry she changes. You are a parent indeed. what else do we need if not this man who has a heart of a mother

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  5. This is not a shock to us who know `our` kabotolo friend,,, we know him from years of drinking together, He u-turns all the time and `me toos` always. Thats why me and my friend @Nostradamus are not going to `drinking signing`ceremony on tuesday ku disaster stadium,,,,,,because he u-turned , tuesday is a working day not drinking day

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  6. Well done my president. The tarrif increment was not bad but the opposition got it as a tool to decompaign pf..! Lets see wat hh and his fragmented opposition tuntemba parties will base their compagn on now…! Viva 2016..kolopa.com

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    • When are you numpties going to use your heads once…This is not about the opposition or elections did you not read or hear what he stated at his press conference; what has changed since then….someone is going to pay for all this; sweeping the dirt under the carpet is simply temporarily postponing the inevitable. You are happy for him to borrow some more money??

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    • ECL was already unpopular even before his bluffs.There is nothing the opposition has said with regards to electricity tariffs. Your president is clueless and a danger to this country.This must be very embarrassing to you his supporters. Simple decisions like that and he messes up.

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  7. The only thing that is consistent about PF is the constant inconsistency. My advice is that take time to make decisions don’t be emotional. Involving emotions in making decisions is bad management. The Bible advices to be slow in talking and fast in reasoning but it seems otherwise with ELC. Well more to come bus operators have already felt it.

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  8. This is what the Lazy Bum stated on his first press conference when he ordered ERB for those who are ignorantly praising him;
    Electricity Tariffs
    6. In the wake of reduced power generation, the Government has had to import emergency power in 2015 sustain the country’s economic activities. Between September, 2015 and the end of the year, Government will have spent over US$40 million for emergency electricity imports. Again, this is unaffordable. To reduce the pressure on the Treasury, I direct the Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Energy Regulation Board and Zesco to: Implement the new electricity tariff schedule and progressively move to full cost-reflective tariffs thereafter; and Ensure that back-to-back contracts are put in place between the providers of the emergency power…

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    • CONT’D
      .. to Zesco and the mining companies that consume the bulk of the power.

      HONESTLY ASK YOURSELVES if the govt found it costly then where is the tresuary going to get the funds for what this reckless man has stated above in that speech????

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    • Today he stated;
      “He said the electricity tariffs reduction is something President Lungu felt had to be done expeditiously until economic alternatives to generate power and encourage investment in the sector are found because Zambians come above economic gains.”

      Honestly is this LAZY BUM ever sober, he passed the directive…how are you going to encourage investment in the sector if you are not using full cost-reflective tariffs?? Really laughable.

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    • Imwe naimwe ba jay jay don’t try to sound wise when u just an empty tin making noise. What do you understand by implementing progressively? The president mearnt incremental increases but zesco did a wholesale increase of tariffs. Why are you always bitter…do you even rest from blowsing?

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    • @Jay jay you have rightly quorted the speech but failed to understand it. What does schedule and progressive increment mean?
      The president has done well to redirect erb to recend what I will call error. Why did they jump to 300% before a proper schedule and why didn’t they do it in a progressive manner?
      Ecl is very correct to u_turn their decision of trying to RAPE zambians. @jayjay @wanzelu @ndobo @nostra you are all iiimmbbeeccileess ba ffiikkaallaa.

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    • So it takes him 2 months to respond? Where was he? Did he have a hangover ..do you know what goes on to carry out such changes? why didn’t he simply request for it to be increased by 50%if it was a full reflective tariffs …do you understand the purpose why it’s being increased in first place? Where is he and Chikwanda going to get the funds to cover for this as he is subsidising and importing power at the same time far worse than before?
      How about those local and international investors that have shown interest to invest in Energy??

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  9. Very hard nowadays to make sober, objective comments, best leave matters be……we are just waiting for 11th August, is all one can say……..

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  10. CREATE A PROBLEM AND PRETEND TO SOLVE IT THEN YOU LOOK LIKE YOU ARE WORKING! ALA BA PF KUWAYAWAYA FYE!

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    • Well spotted @ Loadist. Either that or we have an incompetent and clueless president.

      He should have gone to ZESCO secretly and privately and let them announce the reversal. I agree with people who are saying this kind of impulsive and populist messages scared away potential investors… It’s like there’s no rule of law.

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  11. In one of his speeches, Ian Smith said, “They will not be able to govern themselves until at least after a thousand years ” . Reading between the lines, I think he was right.

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  12. Loadist you are right..desperate to look like you are a hero..forgetting that you gave the go ahead for the tariffs to adjusted upwards…does the president have a competent economic advisor?

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  13. With this chipatepate type of government then you expect investors to come in Zambia.This is no sense country men

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    • Lets hope he will not U TURN from signing the constitution Bill fearing the 50%+1.lol mr me too.HH faka speed so that he reduces fuel too.

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  14. …mr akabotolo, not really interested with your hoodwinking slush of the whatsoever zero tarriffs.. next item please!

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  15. ONLY SATANISTS WRITE LIKE JAY JAY US WE LOVE OUR UNDERSTANDING PRESIGENT. THANKX TO SATA (MHSRP) FOR DROPING HH AND RECOGNIZING LUNGU HE SAW A GUD HEART.
    ITS NOT LIKE MABANGE WHO HAS NO SMILE,JUST TWISTING A KA SATANIC TONGUE LIKE A PYTHON ABOUT TO ATTACK.
    ECL NEVER LISTEN TO THESE WHO HATE CATHOLICS THEY HATE JESUS TO THEM SATURDAY IS IMPORTANT THAN JESUS.
    U CAN TELL BY HATE IN THERE WORDS THAT THESE ARE SATANISTS
    TO THEM LOVE THEY DONT COUNT NO SMILE NE NKUMBA SHILACHEKO
    JAY JAY & FRIENDS THINKX LUNGU IS BEMBA SO HE INSULTS THEM CALL THEM MONKEYS. GOD DELIVER THEM FROM THE DEMON OF HATRED
    TO ME LUNGU IS GIVEN TO US HAS A JUBILLI PRESIDENT CALL HIM NAMES BUT HE REMAINS 100 % OUR FAVOURITY FOR 2016
    50+1 WILL HUNG HH ONCE…

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    • Why so much anger? Most people will not read a comment that is written in anger. What did you want to convey?

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    • MY friend this is not about churches or GOD why do you like bringing enmity everywhere and now you attack churches? God should deliver you from the demon of hatred which is affecting your reasoning first thats when you will everyone as a brother and sister.

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  16. Policy inconvenience scares away investors. Sad that this is the obvious thing with our government. By the way, I heard that some marketeers are looking forward to getting the two pin loans to sort out tu ma nkongole they have!

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  17. It all stems from the desperation to remain in power this year. These are populist decisions. Someone whispered to him that the reaction to the new tariffs would cost him te Presidency. There is no economic or other analysis involved. Soon they will start printing money for hand outs. Political incompetence, political expediency decisions – in the meantime, the country is approaching the economic waterfall on fast flowing rapids.

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    • Simply look at those photos do you see a Head of State in them? That is a Political Party President and a MP utterly clueless of his job description…he is simply highly incapable and too weak to make decisions in the nation’s interest….next you will hear that he is going to borrow for consumption. People are unable to foresee this as they will feel the effects of their recklessness in the future.

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  18. Yaba! This is what is known as governance made simple,,,, trial and error. Just trying to imagine Cameron of Britain or Obama of US waking up one day and decreeing that the electricity tarriffs have been raised with immediate effect. TAHAT,S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LACK GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS WHICH IS ONE OF THE CARDINAL FEATURES OF A FAILED STATE

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    • How can Lungu be a good president he never worked for Government,he was a Komboni Lawyer.Just imagine out of all places a lawyer to stay in Chawama.This is the result which Zambians wanted.Next year lwanya no Bunga because there no rains.We shall see were Lungu will borrow maize since he has sold everything to Gabriel Mugabe.Ba PF you will cry.lekeni umumpamina wa kuupa when you have no money or Job.PF namufilwa.

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  19. I NOW BELIEVE THAT AFRICANS (ZAMBIANS PARTICULARLY) STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GOVERN THEMSELVES. ALL EVEDENCE POINTS TOWARDS THAT DIRECTION.

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    • Zambia needs to be colonised… it has no ability to govern itself not in the next 100 years

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  20. BA PF you can not run a country like its your house. Say something today tomorrow you u-turn. When people including me say these people are clueless we are called UPND cadres. Same thing with Road tax and licenses today you increase tomorrow ati sorry we made a mistake. But even a guy who runs a kantemba knows that if you increase prices by 300% your customers will call for your head!!! Its ridiculous. No planning, no research before decisions are made. In short we have no policies in this country. Its a radar-less ship.

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  21. Well said Loadist,cheap campaign tactic.He always knew that he would reverse and then people would perceive him as a listening president.Lungu is a total embarrassment, he is so sacred of losing elections.Everything is now politics. We had a holiday on Friday the 1st,he goes on to ask people to troop to the stadium to witness him append his signature to a document. People will not work,and yet we have so many issues to attend to.Kwena Lungu you disappoint, for a lawyer to behave like that it is unbelievable

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  22. So prices of services and essentials can be hiked up and reduced at a whim without any consideration whatsoever at the many variables that impact them in the first place. What about the cost of making that electricity? I thought ZESCO themselves and/or the board are the ones who are competent enough to advise on the electricity tariffs.

    It’s about time we had price regulation agencies that are independent from political influence.

    Also I reckon ZESCO should be removed from distributing and providing electricity directly to consumers. Their job should only be to generate and have distribution system infrastructure in place. Then have 3rd parties as vendors to sell electricity. Same thing happening in mobile phone services.

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    • We have the Energy Regulation Board for a reason…ZESCO writes to them if they want to increase tariffs but since our constitution has given our Presidents too much power, these boards are simply there for employing cadres and powerless.
      Africa’s two main issues preventing it from moving forward are Bad leadership and lack of good governance very evident in Zambia.

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    • And the reason for bad leadership and governance is that there is a discontinuity between the leadership style we have adopted in the name of democracy, capitalist systems and the people. There is no way, you can bring governance systems from europe to come and work in zambia/africa. The leaders themselves will be lost because by default they will have bipolar disorder issues. Do i act as a white democract,capitalist or do i act like a traditional zambia. these conflicts within self keep us stagnated. you cant pull left and right and hope to get somewhere. My fellow so called africans, cut these european ties. Return to self in all people activites like politics, health, sex, economy, education etc. otherwise we will always lose out!!!!!

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    • @Jay Jay

      Pull the foot off the pedal. You know very well that the President would have strife, marches and attempted revolutions, if he gives in to severe austerity measures.

      We have an electricity board, but all public boards must work in keeping with the Gov’t in a joined economic direction if we are to pull out of recession.

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  23. Comment:wanzelu ulibe nzeru always watchdogs knows what is next. a dog only gets bd smel as a periority what makes you watchdgs influenced the reverse politics is listening what the majority want moreover to suggest is not imlimentation. you watch it

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  24. This truly shows how things are not thought through before implementing them. The new ZESCO tariffs are extremely and unreliable high even for high earners. The increase in tariffs should have been gradual. ERB and ZESCO didn’t not think this through and ECL and Minister of Energy should have made suggestions. It is appalling that the domestic user has been subjected to these high tariffs. And during a period when the economy is doing poorly!

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  25. Can somebody tell me what the role of EZB is if they will be tossed around by politicians in this manner? Are they necessary if not only a cost contributor to the current high energy (Fuel and Zesco) cost? I believe we can then do with state house and get fair pricing on energy! Honestly as a technocrat, ERB is the last place I can dream of working. It just messes your hard earned CV! I can’t find joy in such a boring and worthless job!

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  26. Mr. President, need I not remind you sir that you are running a country and not a home..we will not be toyed to and fro from your lack of analysis of a better way to improve the economic crisis that we are facing as a country..please,find another campaign strategy other than playing with us as such..you have failed economically and this move,though noble,will not change our perspective regarding this election year..things have to change..

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  27. Clueless,visionless,brainless and useless.
    2016 its HH to rule or else we sell the nation and share the money than being ruled by a drunkard.

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  28. Apart from the embarrassing uturn just look at the work lungu is inspecting—unlined drainage. This is the type of drainage he left in chawama that collapsed the roads and turned into mosquito ponds. I come from chawama and saw what he commissioned when he was MP. What a time waster.

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  29. Mr. Lungu has done a good thing here, Zambians will make a lot of savings. He has reduced the tariffs and somehow it is not good according to HH worshippers. Every good act deserves praise.

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  30. There you go! Further proof of a Listening Party and Honourable President. This is consistent with a refusal to impose further Austerity measures on a struggling population.

    The fact is that this new semi recession has been brought on by Richer developed countries that are maintaining their higher interests rates and adjusting their ill performing economies at the cost of poorer countries. This time they are undermining emerging economies by tying them in false investments ( no change from the oil debacle/embargo(?) of the 70’s), where we were duped into accepting debts we were never going to be able to pay back. Western countries are very clever.

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    • @Jay Jay

      Pull the foot off the pedal. You know very well that the President would have strife, marches and attempted revolutions, if he gives in to severe austerity measures.

      We have an electricity board, but all public boards must work in keeping with the Gov’t in a joined economic direction if we are to pull out of recession.

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    • A listening party??? This is a party ruling by trial and error.
      Every turn, uturn and reversal is only meant to keeping PF in power. Now they are blaming richer countries, first it was Elnino, China, global recession, commodity prices, rainfall now it is richer countries. I think even the illitrate kaponya suppoters are seeing these inconsistencies.

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  31. Thank you our listening president. U deserve 10 more years again. 2016 its all yoz. Lungu our president till 2026

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    • He deserves 10 years in JAIL for sabotaging Zambias economy!

      But he is really too dull to understand that, so maybe we should just forgive his ignorance and lack of intelligence when he gets kicked out.

      We need to have some sympathy for mentally retarded people, even if it was self inflicted through alcohol abuse!

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  32. With this good move mr president kachema is burried completely. He losing again 4 the 5th time now. Under 5 & known satanist no chance u fool to rule our country

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  33. In the meantime you UPND bloggers have nothing to contribute to help HH win elections in August this year. You are a bunch of frustrated followers.

    The people who will gain from this decisions are Zambia at large, including would be voters.

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    • The tribal politics that HH’s supporters are engaging in are not different from the politics of the late President Samuel K. Doe of Liberia who ruled from 1980 to 1990. HH should avoid being like President Samuel Doe who surrounded himself with members of the (small) Krahn-tribe; and history shows that their politics was full of politics of character assassinations which translated in destroying innocent citizens. UPND through its media wing (ZWD) will criticize anyone who doesn’t belong to their tribe.

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  34. Don’t be caught up in the dark , by light industrial diesel generators.
    9kVA=K25, 000
    12kVA=K29, 000
    15kVA=K35, 000
    Call 0977776385 to arrange yours. Don’t wait for TB Joshua to predict load shedding

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    • @mulena, solar power is good but u need a lot of batteries and larger inverters to sustain cooking.

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    • What about running costs especially when instructions to raise the price of fuel have been given. Do not think you can only generate electricity from large hydro such as Kariba Dam. Pico hydro i.e. less than 5 kW can be produced from small streams even with small water falls as little as 2m (the height of a door) If you are lucky enough to have a small river running through your plot you can call 0977776388.

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    • @think again there you go to the boring tribal talk.Who doesn’t know that this is just an election Gimic to simply paint HH black.Zambians have inter married and there children can not wate time to talk about tribe.What we want Kulya bwino boyi.ECL kuyabebele.i don’t eat tribe.Fi ma politics fya mu welensky.

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  35. Only fools can condemn the pf move bcos they want inflation to even go further up.
    Very excellent move with inflation at 21 % they must be ways of helping pipo.
    Reversing a decision makes a high mountain of shamefull attacks when others ve been changing finance ministers 3 times in a week without satanic comments shame

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  36. Meanwhile there is another picture in the ZWD of EC (again) dancing. This time in church in Chawama. It seems to be his best pastime lately.

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  37. The next ECL to the rescue will happen nearer elections when PF will reduce fuel prices that have been tumbling globally for the past 12 months yet not passed on to Zambian motorists. Right now PF cartels are pocketing the difference in pump prices and oil well prices.

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  38. I phoned president underfive to get his views on load shedding, investments etc. poor guy was at sea. that is the reason why underfive cannot be the alternative president, he can only copy, no original ideas. You will see tomorrow how he will parrot this one.

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  39. The catch word on the presidential directive was scheduled. The other word was progressive. Why then did zesco and erb effected sudden increment? It’s rare that a lawyer can make an empty statement. Even if you sue him he will champion over you because he never said sudden increment but scheduled progressive increment meaning they have to take a long time before they are fully implemented.

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  40. Good Mr President,
    This is sign of the Chief Executive at work.
    Investors in the energy sector MUST NOW REVISE their business plan.
    Zambia belongs to Zambians.

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  41. WECOME 50 + 1 And Running Mate Clause. This Is Giving Power To The Pipo.
    ECL WE ARE SUPPORTING U 100 %
    Bitterness & Hate Will Not Take U Any Way U Die With It
    ****The Move Will Help Reduce Inflation

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  42. Running mate and grade 12 certificate has now chocked Gbm and his political career. After tomorrow gbm will be a nonentity in the political arena. He is better of quiting politics. This will now mean that he can’t influence the bemba vote for upnd and hh is doomed.

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  43. UPND is a party that has no direction.all they do is condem’for how long will you keep on blaming the chosen one.viva ECL.my vote belongs to you for a united zambia.

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  44. His directive of scheduling in a progressive move to full cost-reflective can someone give me a true interpretation of this rather than yapping?

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  45. Many know me as a qualified lawyer and legal practitioner. But few are aware that I am also a qualified Journalist. During the Zambia Army Annual Ball, I was happy therefore to walk to the media table and share some moments with my colleagues .that is Lungu for very humble selfless man

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  46. The efficient pricing of electricity is central to a well-functioning power sector. Power pricing guides investment decisions and is critical for cost recovery. It also signals to users the cost of marginal consumption and should ideally encourage the optimal utilization of installed capacity.

    In defining tariff structures, policy makers must balance the financial sustainability of the sector on the one hand and the well-being of various segments of society on the other. Given the importance of power, the ramifications of pricing and bill-collection policies are enormous. For example, as imposed transfers from the producer to the consumer, below-cost tariffs can seriously hamper the financial health of the provider.

    Most African countries have made efforts to organize their tariff…

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  47. i think we have too many UPND zeeliots in the system. President Lungu instructed zesco to review commercial rates to encourage investment. Them they go and review domestic rates trying to de campaign PF. when they get fired ati you are removing exparts yet the same exparts have no loyalty to GVT.

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  48. The contemporary average Zambian mind is riddles so much with tribal bigotry so much so that it miserably fails to judge leaders by their deeds and abhor hypocrisy. Inconsistency and point-scoring wins a lot of respect in Zambia. Actions from leaders must mirror the values they claim to espouse and no same person can tell me Lungu, Kambwili, Kabimba, Mumba Phiri, Never etc are living by that virtue. A quick glance at the starting with late Satan, especially his court and parliament appearances in particular and Lungu’s consistent u-turns reveals a movement in the midst of a nervous breakdown, displaying behavior that goes beyond inconsistency into the realm of bipolar moods and multiple personality disorders. This is not a way to learn any country, no!

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    • If your intention is to bore people with such a rambling discourse, the least you can do is to go through the text a second time to correct all those niggling little errors so that you may sound intelligent…

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  49. Mr President, thanks for now but I for one will get this news with a bitter pill and swallow…because surely after elections if you go through, given the failure on your part to reason with season and just blow all over like wind, you will again subject Zambians to this again. Mark my words fellow Zambians.

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  50. Comment:so who is going to invest in Zambia power sector with low tariffs there is a reason south afirca has been raising electricity prices they’ll rise the price after the elections and it will be even more expensive hope investors in power sector don’t run away after this u turn

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  51. Ba Ngombala Muhapi wa Linaha, You don’t know what you are talking about, learn to appreciate in life. When there is a positive adjacent. When many Zambians are appreciating ECL’s move you are busy writing rubbish, the only good thing is that no matter what you will say leadership will never be taken a way from ECL. Chisemo chakwa Yohova. Heb 1:8-9.

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  52. B.R. Mumba Sr, what is wrong with calling a ‘spade’ a spade’? Lungu told the ZESCO Board ‘do this’, then he told the same board ”don’t do this’, is this correct for a president to be directing and misdirecting a statutory board which under normal circumstances is supposed to function without interference from politicians? Why do you find it so hard to criticise the president?

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  53. PF want to hide lungu behind the quotes ”schedule”, “progressively move to full cost-reflective tariffs”.
    dont try to dupe the pipo, state house knew before hand of the pricing, Zesco board is all caders same with ERB.
    That is how dull and hopeless state house are. They knew of the pricing but were clueless as to the impact, they run the country through trial and error.

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  54. @Big tribe! What is the level of your education? You sound extremely DULL! You are the people perpetuating the suffering of many Zambians

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  55. Its lungu who directed zesco to go back in old tarif cause of the love for the zambian people he has . the people who are fighting to take power from pf if are the one in power today i’m very sure they cant reverse it .we have past experiance the privatisation of our company which left a lot of zambian lost employment .they did not reverse they opted to go ahead and they new the implication but what they wanted is to sale undervalue our companys and get commissiontion cause they had put their interest first and became rich over night .today they have been asked about this issues the answer is as long i get my commission that so.

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    • the people who are fighting to take power from pf would not need to make reversals, they would do their home work before implementing. The whole state house knew of the price increases before hand but as usual had no clue as to the impact. Trial and error ruling for sure.

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  56. Lungu makes decisions while drunk, what happens to us who buy units in Advance paying 5,000 for our households who will refund us for his mistake. Research first before making decisions for 14million Zambians

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    • bettter he does that and pipo appreciates it unlike somebody who is sobber and feels has alot of money but has failed to just explain how he amassed at the riches he has ,coz just graduating from unza cannot make you that rich without any invetions for pipo to recongnise ,others they do not check the mess they left on the copperbelt and have no solution as what they will do assuming they come to power

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    • ”… has alot of money but has failed to just explain how he amassed at the riches ..”

      that person should be investigated by ACC if his wealth is unexplained…..

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    • Yaba amalyashi a mu bwalwa Ba Lungu musenda chipuba.Thats what they discuss with the druken master Kadansa Ka Vunga d/p minister finance as they sip vodka.Ukuteka icalo mano.

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  57. ZESCO Notice: We have learnt with utter excitement that some customers have expressed displeasure at the directive by His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu to reduce/revert the electricity tariffs to the old rate.
    So for those customers willing to pay at the 300% rate, kindly contact us or sms 322 (across all networks) or +260977913636.
    ZESCO already has a differentiated payment tariff scheme and will put you on a special tariff that reflects your desired rate.
    Thank you.

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  58. Ba Kaputo Davies, Don’t worry about my education, I am preaching facts. If you have rich education than me what has your education done to improve Zambia’s economy? You are just lazy wanting government to do everything for you. It will never happen dear, with me it’s Lungu and it’s final. Some of you will cry to hell, hope after election results you will be strong enough to write as you are doing. Man of God has spoken the mind of God.

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    • @Big tribe which man of god wachinangwa we.TB Joshua talked of agriculture. Lungu knows nothing of agriculture or economy. Only HH maybe Nawakwi are famers, Businessmen and economist suits the description. It will no longer a lucrative business to go in politics said Joshua only who are true to serve will manage.Lungu is simply a chancer and he will fail terribly Zambians will be reduced to poppers if we don’t vote for HH. Cry for your self HH will always be rich ,TB Joshua warned that Individuals will be rich than the whole nation.Me I have chosen HH even if I am Bemba tribe is just a language but we eat money ba kaamba.

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  59. GOOD INTERVENTION ERB AND ZESCO WHERE CLEARLY WRONG IN THERE ANALYSIS ESPECIALLY ZSECO

    SOCIAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS WHERE MISSED BY ZESCO TARIFF ADJUST IS SUPPOSSED TO BE SERIOUS JUSTIFICATION

    ITS SUPPOSSED TO BE A GLOBAL LONG RUN MARGINAL COST IN THE WORL OD POWER COSTS ESCALLATION THAT CONTINUES AND YOU CAN SAY WE HAVE REACHED

    ITS WAS A FALLACY

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  60. LUNGU MY PRESIDENT THANK U SO MUCH FOR LISTERNING TO YOUR PEOPLE…… BA UPND LEKAFYE BALELANDA PANTU TABAWINA ELYO TABAKATALE ABAWINAPO….THE MASS IS BEHIND YOU YOUR EXCELLENCE NOT ONLINE……..YABA UPND AND THATS WHY THEY FEEL THEY HAVE ALREADY WON THE ELECTIONS

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  61. @patrick they burnt society house to burry evidence which could have shown us how all the transactions where done ,how money was recieved and they also liquidated prudence bank

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    • why was the president and the head of privatisation not investigated on this, these are serious allegations……or was the person who amassed unexplained wealth working alone with no supervision ??

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  62. mwanawasa started the case but he failed they forced rodger chongwe to go into exile,richard sakala was jailed rupiah later aquitted chiluba,kashiwa bulaya was forced into exile xavier chungu was also forced into exile,paul tembo was shot before he could testify in court a day before,it is a chain my man

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  63. that is why the only clean man as at now in zambia is ECL,coz when all these things were happening he was busy campaigning on a upnd ticket and later as an independent,your hh is part of the cartel that sold the mines coz of that cries of the miners are still haunting him believe you me not until he confesses he will be liberated and will be a free man,as long as he reamins mute about that issue he will not be blessed he will keep on been cursed

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    • but selling unprofitable government assets is a stipulation by the IMF/world bank for bankrupt countries, it even happens to day like in Greece, it happened in Russia and many other countries ?
      The mines sold were a drain on the economy , is that not so ?

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  64. THIS IS A GOOD MOVE, LET’S THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR THIS REVERSAL. BUT BEFORE THE SAME ZESCO TARIFF INCREMENT WE COMPLAINED AND WROTE TO SAY THIS UPWARD ADJUSTMENT WILL COME AS A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD, BUT OUR CRY WAS SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET. SURE THIS WAS A DAY LIGHT ROBBERY K50 UNITS USED TO LAST ONE WEEK, BUT AFTER THIS SO CALLED INCREMENT, K50 KWACHA ZESCO UNITS LAST 2 DAYS. MEANING THAT FOR A MONTH WE HAVE TO BUDGET FOR ABOUT K700 TO K800 WHICH IS ABOVE REACH. THANKS FOR THE REVERSAL AND HOPE AFTER ELECTIONS THEY WONT GO BACK TO THE SAME COZ THEY WILL NO THAT IT’S OKAY WE ARE IN POWER FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND EVEN IF WE CRY OUR CRY WILL BE LANDING ON DEAF EARS. ONCE MORE THANKS TO FATHER MWAPE OF CHIWAMA REGINA CATHOLIC PARISH WHO RAISED THIS ISSUE TO THE PRESIDENT ON BEHALF OF…

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  65. Its really sad that we have the current crop of leaders, the sooner we as Zambians realise this not the standard of leadership required for a country to have meaningful development the better, we the Zambians need to be honest with ourselves

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  66. Good move President Lungu.
    No matter what you do nothing will be right when it comes to foolish selfish UPND supporters.
    Just keep working and you will win 2016.
    You are doing a good job and people with wisdom will be able to analyse this mess the country is in is not your fault. You are indeed trying and you will win 2016.

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  67. “The President wants Zambians to know that he is here to make decisions that will unite Zambia and not breed discontent,” Mr. Chanda said.

    Folks, can you read between the lines? Yes Eddie our President, do not allow some disgruntled politicians to set the country alight through riots because they cannot wait for elections which they will lose. Joyce Kasosa, thank you for being alert on the Copperbelt, we value your protection. Yes Uncle Eddie, keep reading the intelligence reports and keep us safe until 11 August 2016 when we shall see the back of these guys for the last time.
    For some people power must come at all costs, kanshi ninshi? Obviously they want to lay their hands on the national wealth while hoodwinking us that they will fight corruption and look after us better.

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  68. People, stop behaving like Zambia has an overly intellectual population …. majority of Zambians are peasants who do not think beyond their immediate needs. A lot of honest intellectuals can see through this bs but most people in the compounds will just remember Lungu reducing the tariffs without remembering that he raised them to start with. The genius of Lungu is he understands just how simple our people are because he truly is one of the simpletons.

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  69. the increase was done in bad sense,poor planing. look mrs wina is the head of planing. my question is looking at her what can she plan?
    the previous gov. (mmd) was busy trying to take electricity to rural areas so that our trees can be saved. but poor pf comes in and did not see what the other gov. was trying to do.
    those investors trying to do business in zambia are thieves who just want to come here and milk us.
    if they are serious why not emulate dangote who came on board and reduced cement? thats why even if larfage and zambezi are to sell their cements at k10.00 and dangote at k50.00 i will go for dangote. reason the two companies stole from me.
    i think the reduction by zesco is a campaign gimmick soon after election it will go back to 400%.

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  70. When his Excellence performs a good deed to the people of Zambia it is called canvassing for votes. And when Nawakwi dishes out farm inputs, the same critics call it assistance.
    Tell you what, one man with courage makes the majority and that is ECL. At election time , the same critics shall be happy within themselves that the PF had done the roads for them to swiftly move from one district to the other. Meanwhile the voters shall not forget that those developments didn’t come by accident.

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  71. Good things come at a cost,if we want good services we have to pay for the service.As long as we continue to enjoy low tariffs, let us also continue to endure load shedding.Zambia has lowest tariffs no doubt about it.

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