Ministry of Commerce,Trade and Industry Agriculture Director Planning Mwila Daka(r) confers with the Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame(l) during the Consultative Meeting on the Border Management(Trade Facilitation) Bill,2017
Ministry of Commerce,Trade and Industry Agriculture Director
Planning Mwila Daka(r) confers with the Permanent Secretary Kayula
Siame(l) during the Consultative Meeting on the Border
Management(Trade Facilitation) Bill,2017
GOVERNMENT has banned local making and importation of incandescent (ordinary) electric bulbs to mitigate the current power deficit.

Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Kayula Siame said Government would be saving about 200 Megawatts as a result of the ban.

Mrs Siame said her ministry had issued Statutory Instrument (SI) number 74 of 2016 in line with the Control of Goods Act to phase out the incandescent bulbs in Zambia.

Meanwhile, Mrs Siame has said about US$20 million is required to successfully promote energy-saving bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diode lamps.

She said yesterday at a media briefing that apart from the importation of incandescent bulbs, the SI also prohibits the manufacturing of energy-inefficient lighting devices.

Mrs Siame said there would be monetary savings for electricity consumers estimated at 80 percent resulting in households having more disposable income which could be put to other use.

“At regional level, this measure will strengthen Zambia’s position as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) by meeting the deadline of banning incandescent bulbs in the region by December 31, 2017,” Mrs Siame said.

She said Zesco Limited had also embarked on a vigorous energy-saving exercise to distribute compact fluorescent lamps known as energy-saving bulbs in households as opposed to the use of incandescent ones.

“Incandescent bulbs are very inefficient converting only five percent of electrical energy into visible light while the remaining 95 percent is wasted as heat energy,” Mrs Siame said.

And Mrs Siame says about five million energy-saving bulbs are required to be imported and distributed under the promotion of energy-saving bulbs such as compact fluorescent lamps and light-emitting diode lamps.

She said on November 16, 2016, Government approved US$1 billion (about K10 billion) emergency funding for power supply and that part of the money would be used to finance the importation of energy-efficient bulbs to support the phase-out.

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  1. The total ban is too drastic. It is better to charge heavy duty in order to discourage the use incandescent (ordinary) electric bulbs. Technologies may come and go but but the best approach is market forces. For instance, type writers just became obsolete without banning their use. Similarly, mechanical cameras became obsolete when ICT conquered the market. There is need to maintain alternatives and options in constructive ways.

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    • This is Zambia for you! PF wants to save on electricity production but expects Zambians to pay K30 for each low energy bulb instead of K3 for an incandescent one, simply transferring the costs to the common man. And this is the pro-poor party??

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    • What about my day old chickens that need incandescent bulbs to keep them warm when it is cold? And the bulbs for my crop dryers?

      Are these PFools trying to kill of the poultry industry in Zambia? Or are they going to tell us to use charcoal? When Lungu is crying about deforrestation?

      For sure these people have not thought this one out. Clueless clowns !!!!

      Truly, they have no idea what they are doing.

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  2. Bandit Luo will be frustrated about it. These are the bulbs PF bandit of a Professor Nkandu Luo who was misusing the army to clean toilets in munali recently~used whilst she was running tasinta for prostitutes.
    By the way~how much is mealie meal or egg?
    The Skeleton Key
    ~206~

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  3. Also ban second hand clothes and tyres etc to boost local manufacturing. Zim’s manufacturing is taking shape and shops are now full of locally made products which is saving the country more Forex.

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  4. What is the impact of banning those bulbs. Remember they are not just used for lighting but also in Chicken hatcheries and other uses.

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    • What about my day old chickens that need incandescent bulbs to keep them warm when it is cold? And the bulbs for my crop dryers?

      Are these PFools trying to kill of the poultry industry in Zambia? Or are they going to tell us to use charcoal? When Lungu is crying about deforrestation?

      For sure these people have not thought this one out. Clueless clowns !!!!

      Truly, they have no idea what they are doing.

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    • What kind of ignorant people are these? Do they think bulbs are only used for lights in people’s homes?

      What about all the farmers that use them for their chickens?

      This is nonsense by clueless clowns!

      This must be rejected. It will SERIOUSLY DAMAGE THE ZAMBIAN ECONOMY!

      People must be free to chose the best option for themselves.

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  5. Rubbish, these ppl don’t ave n work plan, they say rural electrification…, n whose going to afford a K30 bulb in a rural area…?

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  6. These fools really do not know where they want to take the country, Shoprite & Pick n pay are selling energy saving bulbs at between K49 and K100. How then do you expect the majority poor Zambians to afford these bulbs. As dogs at least you can use your instincts to first work on modalities to reduce the cost of these bulbs to manageable levels, you do not need your SIs if only the price of the bulbs were as low as K4, the people will stop buying the incandescent electric bulbs on their own and the importer and manufacturers will lose the market and stop on their own. Ubusushi fye bweka bweka at Ministry and government?

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  7. IN AS MUCH AS U ARE RUSHING TO BAN THESE BULBS U HAVE SOME HOW KEPT VERY QUIET ON THE SAFE DISPOSAL OF THESE ENERGY SAVING BULBS AS THEY CONTAIN MERCURY!
    ZESCO TOO ARE QUIET YET U KNOW THE CONTENT OF THESE ENERGY SAVING BULBS.
    A COUPLE OF YEARS DOWN THE LINE WE SHALL BE FACED WITH MERCURY POISONING RELATED AILMENTS BECAUSE OF THIS DELIBERATE OVER SIGHT ON SAFE DISPOSAL.

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