File:2015 Rolling black outs of up to 8hrs in duration continue to plague Zambian
The continued power outages due to lower levels at Kariba dam has also affected water supply in Kasempa. Above, women of Muselepete compound in Kasempa drawing the commodity at a water kiosk after three days of water blues in Kasempa
File:The continued power outages due to lower levels at Kariba dam has also affected water supply in Kasempa. Above, women of Muselepete compound in Kasempa drawing the commodity at a water kiosk after three days of water blues in Kasempa

Dear President Edgar Chagwa Lungu,

I woke up this morning with no running water, no electricity or enough Kwacha to afford my daily food needs. I threw on my bathroom robe (the white one) and went outside. After asking a few of my neighbors it was clear that all of us had no water, electricity or enough Kwacha for basic needs. This forced me to wash myself in the basin, wear unpressed clothes and get ready for work.

In this day and age this is not the type of pressure my life needs right now, but above it all I still have a smile on my face but someone somewhere in Zambia woke up this morning and did not even have a drop of water to begin with or had electricity the past 48 hours. So having said all of this I would like to conclude by saying… FIX IT!!!!!

I thank you.

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  1. When Zambians go put in numbers to attend these so called campaign rally’s which have now turned to free music events, it’s the very Zambians that come out suffering while those musician get their payments and life goes on! Already foolish Zambians are up in arms for another term with Lungu who has bull dozed himself against the his acceptable mandate and mind you Zambians have forgotten, so in the end, let this nonsense carry on.

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    • “When Privatization Thief becomes President he will have power of Drought and Farm Produce because he is a Three Mansion! They will be no shortage of anything because he will also bring the money from PANAMA which he stole,” INCOMPOS.

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    • the man told you he had no vision, what did you expect? no, the drunk can not fix it–we need to look to credible sober minded men like HH to fix these problems.

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    • HH is not credible. Pick up a dictionary and search the meaning of the word “credible”. HH should never be allowed anywhere near the instruments of power as he is likely to cause a civil war because of his arrogance

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    • Well, Lungu has water, electricity and a lot of money (let us not discuss where that money came from). He even has a house in Swaziland. He travels in a VVVVIP jet.

      And, he always has his Jameson on time when ever he feels like it (which is actually, all the time).

      So you tell me, do you think he cares about, or knows what you are going through ?

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    • Zambians we are all complicit with what we get! While the so called leaders are voted to run the country theirs is first how to amass power and wealth for themselves and secondly to make sure the citizenry never gets more enlightened beyond above average, just note how the telecom industry keeps scr%%*ng the ordinary people for access to communications technology usage with the leadership partnerships!

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    • I think worse of everything is Zambians going to work in un-ironed clothes.
      Wrinckles clothes is embarrassing, you can hide hunger or thirsty, but not wrinkled clothes. Ati am minister mu Zambia, mwe mbbwa mwe.

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  2. How can they fix it?? Too busy with anything else but basic needs for the masses. It’s a great shame. Unless more and more people begin to realize that this is completely unacceptable, I bet you these issues you highlight are not an issue at state house

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  3. Do not complain because you are the one who voted PF in 2016. Very soon you will remain without even the unironed clothes you are complaining about unless of course you do the Dundumwezi thing throughout Zambia in 2021.You Zambians are very naive and docile. You deserve all the suffering you are experiencing and worse is still to come.

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  4. Someone will soon run away from the trail of destruction he has left behind! His cadres will be the ones to feast on him! As Sishuwa put it, we are not going anywhere with ba Chagwa! He truly has no vision and he makes things fall according to his name! Those who are refusing mealie meal donations will soon cry because there will be nothing soon! Brace for higher fuel prices, high electricity tariffs, high cost of everything and runaway inflation! Those who still have loans better act fast and pay up or spend the rest of your life in bad debt! Mukose na Dununa Reverse!

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  5. Distinguished colleagues, if Zambia is to develop, we need to introduce a concept “LEAD FROM WHERE YOU ARE” This said, its the responsibility of every citizen to do something about their situation. We are all aware that load shedding is as a result of low water levels due to climate change. Us as citizens we need a positive view over things. These are my thoughts.

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  6. There was alot of pomp and flare about commissioning coal plants ,solar plants etc in 2015 what happened to those plans?Was the money diverted? All this is poor planning and not seeing projects through is causing todays problems.An economy can not grow with daily 8-12 hour power cuts. Stop cutting down trees (yes those Mukula logs etc) you are busy selling to China.We need trees for rain.don’t blame climate change for everything sometimes its plain human stupidity.

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  7. We cant fail on these problems but
    We are more interested in filling our
    Pockets.we have wrong priorities.
    Just see how people have acquired
    The wealth. Those with links have
    Made oil from grass.

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  8. I cannot agree more with the writer. You know, after a hard day’s work you go home hoping to relax and enjoy watching TV but only the darkness greets you. You only enjoy the light at home once or twice a week. The rest of the days it’s total darkness. And if the rumours that we hear that Chinese turbines are responsible for drying up the Kariba dam are true!…………….

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  9. If complaining was and industry, Zambians would excel big time. More time complaining , less time to work. Even the so called opposition encourage to complain more than working. This country is going no where. Useless people.

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  10. Think outside the box. Harvest rain water and use during rainy season and use it when drought hits your Komboni, Buy Solar panels and inverters for your electricity when Kariba cannot generate and your urine cannot fill up the Dam. Start kantemba to sell malasha. Why do you want the Government to do everything for you ba shetani imwe. Let it sink in your heads that no change of government will change your status. You have to change it yourself.

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  11. After a hot shower this morning I sat down for a big breakfast, counted my cash with a smile on face and then decided to skip work. Theres always oppurtunity for those who care to look for it. Work smart not hard.

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  12. Good luck trying to get a vision less person to fix your problems. Chipante pante is not good you’re unprepared For anything. PF behaves like children and they think we’re kids just tell them the dam is dry, don’t fix anything and the people will understand. No people it’s time to demand that they fix the issues or don’t get paid like everyone else who fails to fix stuff. We’re tired of excuses and the blaming games

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  13. Think of the person wearing an unpressed garment as a medical doctor, not a minister who can afford a generator on your taxes. Then it means a lot because soon it will not be only pressing clothes but s/he will have no water in the basin or breakfast. Honest hardworking people are paying the price and the most vulnerable end up paying the most. That is what kills a country.

    Someone encourages you to solve he problems from where you are? So where are you if you have no water, no electricity and no food? Enlighten us.

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  14. This is Sad, but this has been Zambia in the Kaunda regime, do not pretend like power never used to go. The difference is only certain neighborhoods had electricity. In the Mine privatization years of Fredrick Chiluba, HH, Francis Kaunda and Co. Things got worse, then RB and Sata borrowed excessively. I spare not even this president, he needs to fire his minister of energy, and divert all bonuses for most government entities to energy generation and industry.

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  15. Definition of madness; doing the same thing over expecting different results… 2021 is our sanity test.

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  16. A case of reaping what *****s voted for. Don’ t complain and get on with it. Excuses and lies for ingrained failure is what characterizes Zambia today. This place will never develop.

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  17. Ahhhhaaaahhhh………

    what happened to all those solar power plants and other power stations they were commissioning….????

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  18. The only thing needing fixing is the writers head re the logic used.
    There is a draught, so disturbance to water and hydro electricity supply. There is no kwacha in your pockets because you are not a self starting entrepreneur, but waiting to be given it.

    There is no world leader that can help uncreative people. Even here in Europe in the summer where there is a draught there is shortage of water. Even I had a bathe in my blocked tub because my landlord is a criminal that lets out slum property. Yes here in the West! See where you can help yourself and others at this time and keep a positive mind and be of strength.

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    • Notice the emergency water supply is 4 Ngwee per 20 litres! The government is providing affordable water. 4 Ngwee in sterling is like …. what….0.01pence or does not even rate as countable money.

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  19. @Patriot Abroad, now why are you staying in a slum in the West?

    Anyway, that for another day. Unfortunately Zambian are now suffering the combined effects of exogenous factors and decision to put visionless leadership in State House. Yes, other countries are feeling the effects of climate change but not all spend more on maintaining state house than the environmental budget (look at the numbers in the budget).

    Put simply folks, we have poor short term and long term priorities and the voters are paying the price.

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    • Not staying in a slum. Property is in disrepair.
      @Zay five, you’re not saying anything based on reality. A drought is a drought and has nothing to do with voting patterns or choices. Have you got a clear understanding of what is happening in Zambia? It’s not manmade, but a natural phenomena. Citizens need to assume the correct stance and be hardy like the dessert plants. Be a cactus and survive. Be resourceful.

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  20. When others lose hope it’s not your problem but it becomes a problem when you lose hope. This is time to really think hard about what kind of Zambia you want your children to be born into then begin to align action to your thoughts to achieve what future generations will be proud of long after you are gone. Zambia never started with you as a person and Zambia will live on long after you are gone so this is your only time to do what is necessary to ensure your kids have a great platform to continue building on in future. Why is Zambia where it is today? Well everyone knows why and we all played a role in either being negligible, complacent or having had no foresight to see where our actions were leading.

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  21. solution is simple .since you go for work and earn a salary.Drill a bore hole and invest in solar .since your kwacha is limited,start a back yard garden like my wife.eat fruits and vegies from there and sale surplus .if your self cant plan and solve a simple problem how do you expect government do it for you? waiting for a miracle? useless

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    • Exactly. Bad times are always around s corner. Make a Plan and find your own solutions. Govts run the country not your family life.

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  22. I blame South Africa for shortage of water, kwacha and electricity. Those guys are so barbaric. They are stealing our money, electricity and water.

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  23. Iwe patriot abroad…stfu. teaching us from afar. Come and live in z and see for yourself how life has deteriorated in the past eight years. If all is so good than why did you run away b…..d. we live here and this is our home and we will die here and be buried here unlike you. So don’t teach us. Wamvera..chi swine.

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  24. As John Maxwells puts it, Everything starts and ends with the type of leaders you choose! So be careful how you choose leaders and whom you choose to lead you!
    Patriotic citizens can only do a little at the micro level but if the leadership is vision less, it frustrates the citizens! For example, the electricity deficit is self-inflicted and I wonder why everyone is now blaming climate Change. If Israel was in Zambia, they would be lighting the entire subsahara! What happened to the technical report Israel gave the MMD GRZ in the early 1990s when we had drought and low water levels in Kariba? By now, ZNS would have been put to use to dig a simple 60km channel as was recommended to join Luapula River to Kafue river vis Mufulira and water from the Congo basin by gravity to feed Lake…

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  25. Beautiful Zambia nice people, I like Zambian when it comes to put people in power as well as leaders. They don’t vote because one has got money they don’t trust rich people in Zambia its be with your money I remain with my peace

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  26. And HH is no option. So is Chimbwili. But a messiah will surely come by 2021. And for sure all those with ambition for 2021 will hate me for this.

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  27. Well, some Zambians much prefer a bad leader from their own tribe than a good leader from another tribe. And that is how our problems began…

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  28. The strength of a pyramid is from its base. Looking after the most needy is more than an act of charity it is a winning strategy. Do not be dazzled by the glamour of wealth; the real power of wealth is when it is the hands of the poor, improving their lives and lifting them out of poverty. Even some in the west know this!

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