President Lungu’s decision to subsidize electricity tariff for the productive sector welcomed

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President Edgar Lungu chats with Mr Joseph Daka Maize Seed farmer of Mkushi farming Block during the Tours of Mkushi farms
Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) Acting Executive Secretary Juba Sakala has commended President Edgar Lungu’s decision to subsidize electricity tariff for the productive sector in Zambia.

Sakala said the move will not only enhance the competitiveness of the local industry but it will also increase production leading to more job opportunities and greater consumer welfare.

“We urge the local businesses to reciprocate this generous gesture by increasing production and passing on the benefits of such move to consumers” Sakala said

Meanwhile, Africa Consumer Union (ACU) first Vice President Muyunda Ililonga has welcomed Government’s move to establish the Management Boards for Markets and Bus Stations.

Ililonga said the Markets and Bus Stations Act 2007 seeks to introduce orderly management of these facilities by local authorities working together with members of the local community is a far-sighted law whose implementation is long overdue.

Ililonga also observed that the law which was passed in 2007 remained dormant because of fierce opposition which vested selfish interests that benefited from the chaotic status quo.

He has however urged Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale to remain resolute in the face of such opposition.

“We welcome Government’s move to establish the Management Boards for Markets and Bus Stations” Ililonga said

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    I’m curious. How is this subsidisation going to be effected? With the mines its easy because they are fed via the CB energy whatever company but to my kantemba?

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      Another Wako giving support to a fellow Wako even when none is deserved! Does Sakala know what a 50% increase is and another 20% increase in August and their effect in just 3 months? How is that subsidisation? And we know that Lungu is planning on implementing his 340% cost-reflective tariff increase he was forced to reverse last year just before elections. ZCEA was never this stoopid when it was run by Mr Ililonga.

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    Was this budgeted for? How much budget allocation is there to facilitate this subsidy? How will productive small-scale businesses access this subsidy? or is this just a knee-jerk reaction?

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    IMF indicated removal of subsidies which was announced when they were in town now they are gone a subsidy is reintroduced. So the public again support industries.

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    How do you increase output if there is no money by pipo to buy tge increased production.
    Thought output was demand driven. If there is increased production and there is no money to buy then the producer is holding stock, no cash flow, subsequent closure.
    Knee jerk economic decisions everywhere. I think we have a big problem with our economy.

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    Sakala said the move will not only enhance the competitiveness of the local industry but it will also increase production leading to more job opportunities and greater consumer welfare.
    “We urge the local businesses to reciprocate this generous gesture by increasing production and passing on the benefits of such move to consumers” Sakala said.

    -The question is, why did the so called productive sector increase production and created more jobs opportunities before the electricity tariffs were adjusted upward? What has changed before and now? Because of Lung’s decision to subsidize electricity tariff for the productive sector ?

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