Lundazi District Business Association (LDBA) has lamented that the seven days power blackout has negatively affected the economic growth of the district.
LDBA Committee Member Fanson Botha told ZANIS in Lundazi District yesterday that since ZESCO started load shedding last week on Friday, businesses whose operations depend on electricity has been negatively affected.
Mr Botha who is also Lundazi Welders Association Chairperson said for the past seven days the district has only been receiving electricity at night from 22:00 hours up to 06.00 hours the following day.
This he alleged has been happening without explanation from either ZESCO or Electricity Supply Company of Malawi (ESCOM) where electricity is imported.
Mr Botha complained that because of continued power interruptions, most local business were now experiencing business loses.
He said the most affected businesses were those in welding, Eastern Water and Sewerage Company, Lundazi beer breweries, Lundazi District Hospital, grinding mills and filling stations.
Others Mr Botha mentioned were hair salons, banks, Dunavant NWK Cotton Ginnery Company, Bakeries, food outlets among many others.
He has since appeal to government to consider delinking Lundazi from ESCOM and connect it to the national grid from Chipata where ZESCO has control.
And when contacted for a comment, Lundazi District ZESCO Manager, Elizabeth Namakando referred all quarries to ZESCO Public Relations Officer in Lusaka who could not be reached at press time.