Vice President Inonge Wina says the water level in the Kariba Dam have not yet reached the required quantity for ZESCO to minimize or stop load shedding.
The Vice President says this is despite the country receiving adequate rains in some parts such as North-Western Province.
Ms. Wina says the Zambezi River Authority will advice both Zambia and Zimbabwe as the two countries share the Kariba dam.
She also pointed out that the country should be aware that experts have advised that the Kariba dam will require three good rainy seasons for the water to reach its optimum levels.
The Vice President was answering a question from Kalomo MP Request Muntanga who wanted to know why there is still massive load shedding when water in Kariba dam has reached the required levels.
And Vice President Inonge Wina says the country’s maize reserves are adequate to last up to August 2016.
The Vice President says President Edgar Lungu has however indicated that Government is monitoring the situation and that should there be need to import maize the country is ready to undertake the exercise.
Mrs Wina says there are no conflicting statements coming from Government on the country’s maize stock.
This was in response to a question raised by Mumbwa Member of Parliament Brian Chituwo during the Vice President 30 minutes question time.
Brigadier General Chituwo wanted the Vice President to clarify conflicting statement on maize in the country.
And the Vice President said government machinery is moving on well and adequately funded.
Mrs Wina however, said there is need for people to note that Government has diverted a lot of funds to importing electricity, an expense that was not budgeted for.
She pointed out that Government is not broke as all projects are adequately funded.
Mrs Wina was responding to a question from Monze MP, Jack Mwiimbu who asked the Vice President if Government was broke and that is why it has not funded the Electoral Commission of Zambia.