ZESCO Muzuma substation being upgraded to KV 330 (from KV 220) in order to be connected to the national grid as soon as the Maamba coal plant station is commissioned
ZESCO Muzuma substation being upgraded to KV 330 (from KV 220) in order to be connected to the national grid as soon as the Maamba coal plant station is commissioned

Some Ndola residents have appealed to the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) to consider entering into long-term payment plans for new electricity installations.

The residents told ZANIS Ndola this morning that most people that have built new houses were finding it difficult to have electricity connected to their houses because of high connectivity charges.

Mr Michael Chawinga noted that Zesco must come up with a long-term payment plan for all those that are wishing to have electricity connected to their newly built houses.

Mr Chawinga advised that if Zesco was connect electricity free of charge and then start deducting an agreed upon percentage from the client every time they purchase electricity units for consumption it would make things easier for both the utility company and the consumers.

Another resident Mrs Mary Mwansa of Mitengo area noted that electricity connection charges were just too much for the ordinary Zambian to afford.

Mrs Mwansa has since appealed to Zesco to revise the charges or introduce a payment plan that would allow residents to have electricity connected to their houses before they finish paying the whole amount.

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  1. YOu mean zesco has no people with brains to think on there own, this is what should have happened a long time.

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    • How can one afford to build a house from scratch and then fail to pay connection fees. This is outrageous!

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  2. This is a very goo idea which must be supported by all meanful Zambians and this as to be done through out Zambia,i concor with Mr Chawinga.Zesco must consider this idea.

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  3. So how much is the connection charge Ba Lusaka Times? What is too high connection charges? Send your reporters to do a refresher course in basic reporting. I can help you to edit articles for free don’t feed the public rubbish please. News has to be factual and accurate.

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    • It varies depending on the location, to especially the distance from the supply point. In 2014 I paid K8,400 for domestic power 10 metres from the pole, it didn’t require a step down transformer. Now imagine how much you’ll if need a pole and transformer? And the process isn’t easy, sometimes it takes months. It took me 4 months because the area manager is my friend

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  4. Nobody thinks about these things at zesco because their employees pay nothing for new installations. And they pay very very little for electricity charges. Last i checked they used to pay less than K20.00 for over 1,000 kwh of electricity. Basically we the non zesco employees have been buying their electricity. Imagine how much more zesco would make if they sold power fairly to their own employees.

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  5. The issue Zesco should critically look into is their response time to new connections even after making payment for new connection 1 year down the line no power but quick to issue quotation.

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    • You’re 100% correct. I submitted an application on Friday afternoon, Monday around 8hrs a quotation was issued and i paid the same Monday. But connecting power, was a problem. Several weeks after paying, Zesco team kept on bypassing our house. One day i stopped them and showed them proof of payment, one of the guys asked me to give them K400 for them to connect. I refused and off they went without caring. But I was later forced to give them the bribe.
      Corruption is slowly becoming a norm.
      SAD.

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