UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo gestures during the party's rally in Mandevu
UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo gestures during the party’s rally in Mandevu

United Party for National Development (UPND) Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo has accused the Patriotic Front (PF) Government of using the Electricity tariffs to try and hoodwink people into voting for them.

In a statement released to the media in which he outlined what the UPND would do, Mr Nkombo said that the planed increment PF Government is planning after elections will not amount to reductions in power cuts anytime soon.

Mr Nkombo further said that any increase in tariffs must not be done so hastily as to cause pain to the public, especially the small businesses that are already struggling but are an important source of employment.

Below is the full statement

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

ANOTHER FLIP-FLOP ON ZESCO TARIFFS?

Energy Minister Dora Siliya has now revealed what we earlier argued, confirming that the flip-flopping, chipantepante PF Government is in the business of trying to hoodwink people into voting for them.

Siliya revealed in South Africa this Tuesday that her Government will effect increases in ZESCO electricity tariffs, soon after elections.

The reversal is just one of the many tricks by the PF Government to mislead the Zambian people.

But this increment they are planning after elections will not amount to reductions in powercuts anytime soon.

Any increase in tariffs must not be done so hastily as to cause pain to the public, especially the small businesses that are already struggling but are an important source of employment.

Under our management, we would prioritise increased economic activities, creating more job opportunities for our people, and reducing the cost of living through various productivity measures before hiking tariffs so that the change in price is expected and manageable.

Gradually increasing these tariffs over a period of say 5 years would be a better idea. Communicating such a plan well in advance would minimise the negative impact as businesses can adjust their budgets ahead of time and seek efficiencies elsewhere, while investors will be attracted by the clarity and transparent timeline set out.

Meanwhile, change would be instituted at ZESCO to ensure there is no political interference. ZESCO has competent engineers who are technically competent to run ZESCO profitably, what they need is the professional space to do what they do.

We call on all Zambians to open their eyes and reject such PF tricks and deception. Too many are now suffering because of their failure to set out a clear solution to fix the problems we face.

Garry Nkombo
UPND Chairman – Energy

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44 COMMENTS

    • LISHILU GARY WHATEVER. THAT REALLY POINTS TO A BUNCH OF LUNATICS WHO ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN ECL’S AND PF MISTAKES. THESE BUNCH OF VILLAGE BUMPKINS- THEY CAN’T EVEN UTILISE THEIR TIME PROPERLY BY EXPLAINING THEIR POLICIES SUCH AS NEGA NEGA, QUOTA, AND WHATEVER NONSENSE. NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU INSULT LUNGU AND PF THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA ARE RESOLVED TO VOTE THE WORKING GOVERNMENT BACK-IN, AGAIN. TRIBALISM AND REGIONALISM HAS GOT NO PLACE IN ZAMBIA. ONLY IN YOUR PARTY.

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    • Ati UPND Chairman for Energy! What does Nkombo know about Energy? I hate it when people create an impression that ANYONE is capable of understanding and/or explaining ANYTHING. Those who THINK they know are so irritating to those of us who REALLY know. This is the same ***** who says Zambia is FULL OF *****S, and then stands on this platform pleading for the votes of the same “*****s”. What does he take Zambians for? Zambians will NEVER forget this INSULT, and he alone is one of the reasons UNPD will LOSE the forthcoming elections AGAIN!!!!!!

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    • Interesting observations, Kudos to you Nkombo, Though am PF i think you as an individual you mean well for Zambia, because your observations are issue based unlike your President who thinks Politics is about being personal and ridiculing your fellow competitors. How I wished you didn`t belong to that party with hidden agenda because your wisdom is just wasted with that man called HH. He is a thorn in UPND.

      Thank you.

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  1. The steep increment was indeed not well thought through. To respond to outcry Lungu asked ZESCO and ERB to withdraw those tariffs and to re-examine them. Dora (in S.Africa) confirmed that in line with Zambia’s and AU ambitions,ZESCO will eventually reach cost effective tariffs- the AU has set 2019 for countries to reach such tariff levels to attract investment in the electricity sector. Lungu on France 24 TV also explained that the tariffs will rise but gradually to reach cost reflective levels. So the PF have not hidden anything on eventual increases of tariffs.It seems there is already interest to invest from various players on promise of higher tariffs and that is what will make businesses flourish rather than wait! ERB by now should be working on a timetable for phased tariff…

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  2. NKOMBO, YOUR BEHAVIOR IS KNOWN ONLINE. YOU WANT TO LAUNCH THE ANTI-BEMBA/EASTERNER CAMPAIGN. A LOT OF INNOCENT BEMBAS/EASTERS WERE DISADVANTAGED DURING MWANAWASA FROM 2001-2008. WE DONT NEED YOUR TRIBAL-UPND PARTY TO RULE ZAMBIA. YES YOU HAVE MADE BASELESS STORIES AIMED AT DISGUARANTING THE PF GOVERNMENT WITH YOUR FELLOW WATCHDOG-TRIBAL MEDIA.
    WE KNOW YOUR TACTICS AND THEY WONT WIN YOU THE ELECTIONS. YOU WILL REMAIN BITTER IN YOUR TRIBAL IMBECILE PARTY.

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    • GARRY, DONT EVEN WASTE YOUR TIME MAKING USELESS STATEMENT, COME AUGUST, 11 EDGAR AND PF WILL STILL BE IN STATE HOUSE. WE ALL KNOW YOU AS A MAN FULL OF INSULTS, AND YOU ARE NOT FIT TO BE CALLED HONORABLE.

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    • Ati UPND Chairman for energy!!! With no credentials to talk about. Are these the economic managers HH wants to give this country. If he was chairman for education I would understand. I was with Gary at UNZA and remember him to have majored in English and later worked as a Secondary School teacher. Now he is UPND Chairman for energy.

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    • YOU ARE THE ONE BEING TRIBAL? THE TOPIC IS ON ELECTRICITY TARRIFS NOT ON INDIVIDUALS. PLEASE LET US SHOW A CIVILISATION IN OUR DISCUSSIONS TO STOP THIS TRIBAL RUBBISH.

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  3. Time has come for PF to scratch itchless parts.They have been caught in a web.Their leader EL has been hit by defeat fear before the onset of the polls.He knows that there is nothing he can do to change the minds of people.Come 11 August 2016,Lungu will be thrown in a bottomless grave for his political death.He will be the worst president not only in the history of zambian politics but in Africa as a whole.Lets hope his puppets neckless chimbwili kashimba,promiscuous Mumbi phiri & loud mouthed Davis Charma will cling to his corpes like ticks and accompany him.Viva UPND Viva HH.

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    • @Prof.GS, of course Garry as an individual means well for this country as his observations are issue based. The only thorn in UPND is that under five boy called HH who thinks politics is being personal and ridiculing your fellow competitors. No one in his or right mind can vote for such kind of people with full of insults such as your selves. Defeat awaits you and the UPND, mark my words.

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  4. We know about PF’s gimmick. They did the same on fuel .This time Apapya wa lya but come August PF kuya bebele.

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  5. Cipantepante is better than one we never seen pantepante why do you want to distort information you are scared because el has managed to get into southern province which you regard as your and therein as your farm labourers shame inkobombosha waloba ilyauma

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  6. Mr G Nkombo! under your government, what are your productivity measures to improve the lives of the majority Zambians?
    Politicians! you just criticise. Let your solutions be known to enable us measure youyou too

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  7. There goes united party for national destruction very dull southerners are not your farm labourers and southern province is your farm Mr animal farm manager

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  8. WE SHALL REPLICATE A DUNDUMWEZI IN LUAPULA NOTHERN MUCHINGA EASTERN AND SOME PARTS OF CENTRAL…..LUSAKA AND CB SHALL FOREVER BE PF STRONGHOLD THEN WESTERN WE SHALL PICK A HUGE CHUNK AND LEAVE SOUTHERN TO MAPATIZYA AND NEGANEGA FOMULAE. WE SHALL SEE WHERE BANTU BOTATWE WILL GARNER 50% PLUS ONE…….. MWANYA BA FEE CAR LAR

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  9. Gary ‘cheek colour’! In what state was he making these statements- after swigging on whisky! Gary consider concentrating on tossing aside your unsaleable tribal leader, you stand a better chance of winning than that hakaivotela heka!

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  10. I WILL RESIGN AS MP IF HH LOSES IN 2015…iwe Secondary School Teacher Nkombo we know the likes of your kind…What you are saying is not new HE ECL said he told them to reverse the hike because it was too high he proposed they do it gradually until they reach the envisaged target, PLEASE listen to HE being interviewed in France…..I think you have forgotten Griffs….be humble youngman even you turn 50

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  11. A leopard’s spots can never be changed- upnd is what it is- tribal- no amount of dirty swept under the carpet’ll will save it’s face!Give to Caersar what belongs to Carsar- nega nega formula! ECL 2016

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  12. Remain day and night dreaming that UPND is a tribal party till August when you will realise that UPND’s votes have trebled in Copperbelt, Northern, and Luapula. If they used to get 75,000 votes in total in the three areas, in these elections, they are likely to get an additional 150,000 votes, which could change the whole outcome of results. Again remain hallucinating.

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    • @politicaltruth

      I concur. The recent registration of new voters is likely to change the dynamics of voting across a wider spectrum.

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  13. I had respect for this man untill that time they left Bemba woman naked in Mazabuka. It is a known thing that economy is not good in our country just like most of the countries in the world. We borrow you complain we raise fees to sustain ourselves you complain. WHAT MAGIC HAVE YOU PERFORMED IN YOUR CONSTITUENCIES?

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  14. If Siliya can be so sure of increasing the tariffs after elections that means PF has already rigged the August election.

    So now ba oppostion what is the way forward?

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  15. Please Zambians. Zambia will never develop as long as people fail to address issues. Garry is debating issues concerning electricity but the majority of you are talking about issues which are not in the story. Such lack of focus is what is known as chipantepante and has made Zambia go backwards in terms of physical & human development. supporting for the sake of supporting PF will not put food on the table for the majority poor brothers &sisters. Garry is right and the common man is feeling the pinch.

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  16. Garry himself flip flops remember he said he would leave politics if UPND lost elections in 2015 and they lost , has he resigned? So even if what he saying may be correct pipo wont take him seriously because he is a flipflop himself.

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  17. Kikikikiki When you are emotional you donot see sense in what others say, people have already decided who to vote for.PF is a one term project

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  18. Nothing he utters here is issue based.instead he admits failure of policy direction and expresses implicit cowardise by shamelessly making a futile attempt to distort what the better politicians had already stated which is that a gradual increament by whatever and whenever is inevitable.and empty promises of productivity and employment without showing how is sheer waste of time

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  19. Aba nabo nibapuba, last time iye galu nkhombo you said that Zambians are foolish and you want them to vote for you, let your cows vote for you.

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  20. that guy calling himself bwalya is not bwalya, bwalyas are intelligent people, wilatumweneshamo ati tuli fikopo. you must be a <<<<<<<<<chap, siliza weka

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