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We cannot continue to have no electricity supply when we have enough water in Kariba Dam-Nalumango

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Vice President Mutale Nalumango says the government remains resolute to address challenges being faced in the energy sector.

Mrs Nalumango cited the water sub-sector as among the areas that the government has placed high priority, in order to enhance the provision of quality water and sanitation services.

The Republican Vice President underscored that the erratic water supply that some parts of the country is facing will soon be a thing of the past.

Mrs. Nalumango further pointed out that the government is putting up modalities to address the intermittent supply of electricity in some parts of Lusaka.

She cited putting in place the right management teams in the utility companies as among the strategies.

“We cannot continue to have no electricity supply when we have enough water in Kariba Dam, and adequate supply of water is top of our agenda and will soon resolve this,” stressed the Vice President.

This came to light in a session in Parliament today, during the Vice President’s question time, when responding to a question from Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa.

Mr Sampa wanted to know why his constituency experiences erratic water and power supply.

Meanwhile, Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo was evicted from the house due to unruly conduct.

This followed the point of order raised by Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Jack Mwiimbu who wanted to know whether the Kabushi lawmaker was in order to walk out on the Speaker when she passed a ruling which was not in his favour.

And in response, Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti ruled that the Kabushi lawmaker leaves the house and vent his anger from outside the house.

Parliamentary proceedings will resume on Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 14:30 hours.

27 COMMENTS

  1. The Kariba Dam waters are not owned by Zesco. The owners are ZRA for both Zambia and Zimbabwe. They regulate how much to use. The main reason we have power outages is because the consumer base has grown hence the need to decentralize the source of power according to regions.

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  2. These people think they are still in opposition….so what was the problem before? Was dodgy Chink turbines? why are you still keeping the same Directors at ZESCO? You have a Green Ministry now you should be talking about Green sustainable energy.

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  3. MADAM YOU TALIKNG NONSENSE PLEASE GET THE FACTS CORRECT BEFORE YOU TALK
    KARIBA IS ONLY 39.9% FULL
    SO IT HAS TO BE STRICTLY CONTROLLED OTHERWISE SEVERE LOAD SHEDDING TOWARDS END OF THE YEAR

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  4. The VP should travel to Kariba and familiarize herself with what’s going on rather than giving inaccurate information. There’s no water in the Zambian side of the Dam because of the repairs going on. Nothing wrong with saying I’ll get back to you on that one.

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  5. All these bloggers commenting on the Kariba Dam of having 30/39% water, are all in Foreign countries. The VP is in Zambia, I can assume she flew there many times for inspections and she well knows what is obtaining there. But where did these foreign based bloggers do a ka fact-finding visit ku ka falls? Or they toured on YouTube?

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  6. #7  William Banda 
    October 1, 2021 At 7:47 pm

    ” The VP should travel to Kariba and familiarize herself with what’s going on rather than giving inaccurate information. There’s no water in the Zambian side of the Dam because of the repairs going on. Nothing wrong with saying I’ll get back to you on that one….”

    So……no water on the Zambian side ?

    Is there water on the Zimbabwean side ?

    The problem with kariba is all the trees have been cut down up stream in the catchment areas of the Zambezi River and its tributaries………

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    • No water on the Zambian side? What are you talking about? Is Zambia on the higher part of the river’s slope? This is a lake how can it not have no water on one side but the other side has? Stop looking for excuses

  7. People don’t rush to denigrate the lady.. she is in charge of parliament business and thus she has first hand information on the current situation at kbd…just recently a senior engineer gave out data on water levels which he clearly stated were safe levels to see us through to the next rainy season … she has every right to condemn the current unreasonable outages

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  8. I was wondering who’s talking…but this is strange why are they sounding like they’re in opposition…..You promised Zambians that you will sort out everything…Energy,Health,Education,Agriculture….etc…now reality has finally downed on UPND…chipante pante…the President is saying one thing…Ministers are saying something else…the Vice President still sounds like she’s in opposition……

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  9. You don’t want any loadshedding? Any power outages? Get a proper solar system and become independent from Zesco. Free uninterrupted power 24*7

  10. She must be new in town.

    It seems we have landed ourselves another Veep that barks and barks till sunrise.

    Next time she barks, she should tell us what her government is doing about addressing power situation in the country.

    Is it really that hard to get good help? I tell you, HH is a one off, if only we could clone him. Some of his ministers are way below standard in the way they think.

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  11. Load shedding is the order of the day in Matero, and erratic water supply, yet we receive high bills every month.

  12. Garbage out garbage in. Zambia voted for change of colour from green to red that about it. More of the same, it looks like UPND did not expect to win these elections. They are struggling to fit in because they spent the last 10 years boycotting instead of preparing to be government in waiting. The honeymoon will soon be over and it’s not looking good. So what happened to the new Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro power plant which was commissioned to make load shedding the thing of the past? Mwadya masuku pa mutu again?

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  13. As long as the monster Conglomarates maintain a stranglehold on the key mining and industrial sector and our leadership remains incapable of comprehending the genesis of such problems we will remain a dog chasing its tail . The Kariba dam project was designed , skewed to service the settler colony of Southern Rhodesia not necessarily the protectorate of Northern Rhodesia! Got it? Oh! They had the mines too! And a few land owners(Boer farmers) ! 60 years later we have no reliable source of Power Ms Vice President? Why?

  14. #8 We Voted…. There is no more load shedding but some areas like matero may be experiencing outages because of having equipment which is not equal to population that is using power.

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  15. Why does Zambia get so fixated on monopolistic tendencies? Muli na manzi kwambili in that country; diversify your hydro sources a mambala. By now we would have largely weaned ourselves of that Kariba Dam yamene muzinyozelapo — you even ask people to urinate there to fill it up monga tupuwa shuwa! Na zuwa mbweeee…

  16. I laughed when I saw Witina Kapembwa express surprise in Parliament that the entire ERB Board had resigned. Did she expect Mbita Chitala to sit like a lame dark and wait for Hichilema to make a name out of him for nothing? He’s on a firing spree and we know that even those that are pretending not to be seeing it will eventually be given the boot. His desire to dismiss everyone that worked with ECL might lead him to commit the mistake like the dismissal of Ernst Mwansa from Zesco. It has never been the same. Fikapwa

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  17. @ Indigo Tyrol, you have no respect for adults, and people in authority. Do you have seniors where you come from? How do you refer to the elderly that she’s barking. Is that what you say to your own mother? Shameful indeed!

  18. THE RAINS WERE NORMAL THE PAST SEASON. IF THE WATER LEVEL IS BELOW THE REQUIRED LEVEL FOR NORMAL GENERATION THEN THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE ZAMBEZI RIVER AUTHORITY. OTHERWISE THE VP IS CORRECT INA HER VIEW. WE DONT WANT THE PF LIES OF UNDERSTATING THE WATER LEVEL TO DENY CITIZENS POWER SO THAT THEY COULD EXPORT AND EARN FOREX.

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