ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata has encouraged businesses to invest in standby generators. Mr.Kapata was in Luapula to apologize to the business fraternity for the time ZESCO had a fault that plunged the entire province in darkness for 5 days.Mr. Kapata apologized to to the business fraternity and encouraged them to have standby gensets.
Various parts of the country, particularly Eastern, Muchinga, Northern, Luapula and parts of Central Provinces experienced unprecedented powercuts on the 18th November that lasted 5-6 days.
The power outage was attributed to a fault on the Kabwe-Pensulo 330KV transmission line caused by lightning.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema described it as a national crisis and disaster that needed urgent attention as it had the potential to lead to water borne diseases such cholera and dysentery. He wondered how hospitals and clinics in these areas coped. Mr.Hichilema said it was on record that ZESCO received the biggest share of the borrowed Euro Bond money that was meant to upgrade it’s operations through procurement of quality equipment, but to date, they could not account for the money.
A check in Kasama during the power outage,revealed that most butcheries in the Central Business District and some homes had to discard huge amounts of food after it went to waste.Other businesses such as salons, barbershop and tailoring shops recorded huge losses.
In an internal Memo to staff dated Friday, December 02 2016,ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende fired five top Directors at the state run power utility.