President Lungu opens Parliament

President Edgar Lungu says he’s doubtful that the country will not experience further power deficit resulting in load shedding this year and beyond.

President Lungu says as a result of massive investment from both the public and private that are participating in the energy sector, there will be no load shedding in the country.

Mr. Lungu disclosed that the country will produce over 3,7,00 of electricity by 2021 from the current of 2,800 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity

Speaking today when he opened the third session of the 12th National Assembly in Lusaka, President Lungu assured that there will be rationing of electricity in the country.

Most power plants in the country are being upgraded to second phase and that Botoka Gorge among other plants would provide 2,400 MW of electricity in the long term.

Government through the Ministry of Energy working with Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) and the private institutions is determined to increase electricity production to spur economic activities in the country.

The Republican President Lungu further pledged to industrialize Zambia through ‘smart policies’ being implemented by his administration.

President Lungu stated that access to improved telecommunications services should not be a preserve of a few.

Mr. Lungu said government is constructing over 1,000 telecommunication towels in rural areas in order to attain universal communication facilities especially through mobile services providers in the country.

He said these reforms have undoubtedly created employment opportunities to the Zambia people from such infrastructure platforms.

The Republican President officially opened the third session of the 12th National Assembly under the theme: “Working Together To Achieve Vision 2030.”

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    • Last time i checked my people in the village were still waiting for ZESCO to bring power cables and connect their village with electricity. That was 5 yrs ago. They are still in the dark!!!

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    • Did he urinate in Kariba?

      PF00Ls quick-fix solution to end load-shedding is bankrupting ZESCO. Forcing Zesco to import expensive Gen-Set power from Mozambique firm Electricidade de Moçambique which Zesco then sells at a loss to consumers is creating a huuuge hole in Zesco’s balance sheet.

      Earlier this year Zesco failed to settle $70 million debt owed to Electricidade de Moçambique with payments overdue for more than two years.

      Upgrades to Kafue gorge saw British-made turbines being replaced by Chinese-made turbines which failed to match the power output of the colonial-era turbines.

      Batoka gorge hydro power is 10-15 years away, there’s no need to include it in speeches. By the time it’ll be commissioned, Lungu will be rotting in jail.

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  1. Surely LT how can you put out such a grammatically wrong headline? The whole article is badly written and difficult to follow. You can do better.

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  2. Just look at the lying produced by the 2 lying chandas at state house….

    “….President Edgar Lungu says he’s doubtful that the country will not experience further power deficit resulting in load shedding this year and beyond…”

    “..Mr. Lungu disclosed that the country will produce over 3,7,00 of electricity by 2021 from the current of 2,800 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity..”

    “…Speaking today when he opened the third session of the 12th National Assembly in Lusaka, President Lungu assured that there will be rationing of electricity in the country…”

    In the same breath the corrupt theif says there will be no load shedding yet says there will be rationing ? What is the difference ? And if 2.8 kw is produced today and is causing load shedding , when will the extra power…

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  3. WE HAD LOAD SHEDDING IN MATERO WHILE THIS SPEECH WAS BEING PRESENTED, SO THIS SPEECH IS ALREADY SUPERSEDED BY EVENTS AND IS NO LONGER VALID ONE DAY AFTER ITS DELIVERY

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  4. Here in Chingola we have a schedule of load shedding for up to 8 hrs per day issued by Zesco so what is Lungu talking about?

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  5. LT please proofread what you write. What towels are you talking about? It should be telecommunication TOWERS.

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  6. This is a very poorly written article. I suspect the editor went on a drinking spree otherwise he/she wouldnt have allowed the following gross errors: Paragraph 1(very serious error: will not (remove the NOT as it contradicts what is meant): Paragraph 3: 3,7,00 (instead of 3,700 MW): Paragraph 4: should read: there will be NO rationing…: Paragraph 7: The Republican President (should not be followed by the President’s name): Paragraph 9: as cited above: its TOWERS (not towels). Please don’t bring shame and ridicule upon us. We already have too much on our plates, what with this country’s latest fascination with China dangling over our heads. Otherwise i have a lot of respect for you guys at LT.

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  7. Bushe ba lipota can’t you see that what you say in the headline is the opposite of your intro? The intro is saying Lungu doubts whether we have a future without loadshedding: Here:
    President Edgar Lungu says he’s doubtful that the country will not experience further power deficit resulting in load shedding this year and beyond.

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