Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata talking to Sarah Tembo, a beneficiary of newly electrified thatched house in Luangeni village in Chipata District Eastern Province. Picture by Jean Mandela
FILE: Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata talking to Sarah Tembo, a beneficiary of newly electrified thatched house in Luangeni village in Chipata District Eastern Province. Picture by Jean Mandela

Zesco in partnership with the World Bank has embarked on a subsidy programme called Electricity Supply Access Point – ESAP.

Spokesperson Henry Kapata says this is the fourth subsidy programme that the two institutions have partnered on to enhance access to electricity to low income groups.

He said the Electricity Supply Access Point is a countrywide programme that targets to connect twenty-two thousand residential and one thousand commercial premises respectively.

Mr. Kapata said the subsidy programme is only applicable to low income residential and commercial premises on standard rate.

He said under the programme, residential applicants in identified low income groups will only be required to pay 250 Kwacha to be connected, instead of the normal 769 Kwacha.

Mr. Kapata said ZESCO is determined to increase electricity connectivity in the country as it moves towards it vision of being the electricity hub in the region by 2025.

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    • This is the kind of thing that really gets to me. Do we need the world bank to come with such an initiative and implement it?
      We can’t think for ourselves?

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    • You are talking about houses & industrial, what’s the plan with so called up coming farms? Everywhere you go in zambia today there alot of small farms coming up away from the main road (note that I say main road because in Z there is only one road from 1 town to the next & yet settlements are everywhere & even gravel roads dont exist). What zesco plan for these areas?

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    • Reduction of connection fee you need to partner so WB is supplimenting it when Zesco management is spending money on cars and staff getting tarrif discounts.

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  1. Address the bribe problem currently at k3000. The connection boys dont come unless you pay them 2-3 grand.
    World Bank look into this

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    • For your information there are no more bills. You just buy a token from as little as 20 kwacha. My mother has so far accumulated more than 1,000 units of electricity. She doesn’t have to buy any more for at least a year. As for the thatched roofing, I don’t know where this place is but what I can conclude is that the Zesco is encouraging the woman to replace the grass with iron sheets which cost less than 50 kwacha per 2m sheet. In my village more than 60% of houses have done away with grass roofing.

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  2. Firstly this is no partnership, World Bank will put K450 and the customer K250 to make K700. ZESCO won’t bring anything to the table.
    Also, this should have been a project for REA. Where is REA if ZESCO is the one to be doing REAs jobs? REA should become a dept of ZESCO.

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  3. most of you guys don’t think.
    I am building a house in my village and I am using grass for the roof. why do you want metal sheets covering your house. those things are a heat trap. there’s absolutely nothing wrong with grass thatched house. I wish I could post pics here. metal sheets heat up so much in summer and then in colder months they get really cold. grass is a natural ac.
    I’ve tents in between to prevent leaking, it’s looking very neat, it’s open concept inside.
    do you guys do a bit of research or even personal preference or you just want to have the same homogeneous stuff. think outside the box

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  4. Sounds good but a connection fee is a one of payment, the question that begs an answer is, can these people afford to pay their monthly bills?

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  5. It is a subsidy so somebody has to meet materials cost etc etc and Zesco cannot sustain it on their own hence the partnership. It is a good idea. As for affording to buy units, they will definitely manage. These people survive without state support and even manage to produce ministers and directors like you. Do not underrate the resilience of a Zambian rural dweller.

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