Former Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD ) spokesperson Yotam Mtayachalo has commended President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front ( PF) government for accelerating major investments in the electricity sub sector such as the 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower power project.
Mr. Mtayachalo who is also PF Chama North Constituency in Chama district of Muchinga Province aspiring candidate in the August 12, 2021 elections, has also commended the Government for the allocation of K305m in the 2021 national budget for rural electrification projects.
Mr. Mtayachalo has told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS ) in Chinsali yesterday that the allocation of K305 million in the 2021 national budget is a major milestone in improving rural accessibility to electricity because electricity is a catalyst of economic development and improving people’s standard of living.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mtayachalo say people of Chama district in Muchinga Province are concerned with frequent power blackouts which is affecting business activities and households.
Mr. Mtayachalo says there is an urgent need for intervention in the frequent power black outs in Chama district.
The frequent power black outs being experienced in Chama district have been blamed on ESKOM, a national power utility company of Malawi that supplies power to Lundazi and Chama districts in Zambia which is reportedly having challenges to supply uninterrupted power as there are using a 132kv line catering for that country’s northern region hence affecting power supply not only to that country but to Chama and Lundazi
“I have seen spoken to Zambia Electricity and Supply Corporation Ltd (ZESCO) the Regional Manager for Eastern province Mr Denis Kolala over the matter and he has indicated that ESKOM the national power utility company of Malawi has been having challenges to supply uninterrupted power as there are using a 132kv line catering for the country’s northern region hence affecting power supply not only to that country but to Chama and Lundazi as well,” said Mr. Mtayachalo.
Mr. Mtayachalo added ZESCO Eastern Regional Manager, Mr. Kolala , has assured him that he will liaise with ZESCO branch manager in Chama to normalize the situation by utilizing the gene sets to supply power to the district following the challenges Eskom has been experiencing of late.
Mr. Mtayachalo also expressed concern over continued delays in connecting Chama district to the National Electricity Grid as the 132 kv power line to the district from Chipata via Lundazi has already been completed.
He has since appealed to ZESCO management to mobilize resources for the construction of a substation so that the district can quickly be connected to the country’s s national electricity grid in order to avert frequent power outages supplied from neighbouring Malawi.
“I want to assure the people of Chama North constituency that I will do everything possible to ensure that erratic power supply to the district is quickly addressed and that the district is connected to the national electricity grid as quickly as possible,” said Mr. Mtayachalo.