Tuesday, June 18, 2024

President Hichilema’s Claims of Kariba Dam Leakage Alarm Nation, Draws Criticism from Dr. M’membe

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According to a recent statement by Dr. Fred M’membe, President of the Socialist Party, President Hakainde Hichilema’s recent claims that the Kariba Dam is leaking have caused alarm in the nation and raised serious questions about the structural integrity of the dam.

“It has come as a surprise that President Hichilema has gone to great lengths to justify load shedding by claiming that Kariba Dam is leaking,” said Dr. M’membe. “When a dam leaks, it means its structural integrity is in question. It’s one thing for a junior party official to speculate about this kind of thing, but when it comes from a head of state, it is a very serious issue.”

Dr. M’membe also pointed out that if the dam is indeed leaking, there could be serious implications for people living downstream in three different countries, and questioned whether the necessary preparations have been made for potential consequences. “If the dam is leaking, what are the implications for people living downstream in three different countries? Have we shared this information with Zimbabwe and Mozambique? What preparations have been made for potential consequences?,” he said.

Furthermore, Dr. M’membe emphasized that statements of this kind need to be coordinated with other heads of state and urged President Hichilema to consult with technocrats before making such claims. “We hope that next time a statement like this is made, technocrats are consulted about the potential repercussions. The river is shared with various countries so statements of this kind need to be coordinated with other heads of state. It’s not always about politics. Some matters are very serious,” he said.

Dr. M’membe concluded his statement by warning President Hichilema to be cautious when making statements about the Kariba Dam. “Anyway, lies have short legs,” he said.

It is clear that Dr. M’membe believes that President Hichilema’s recent claims about the Kariba Dam are alarmist and raise serious concerns about the structural integrity of the dam, as well as the potential consequences for people living downstream. He also calls on President Hichilema to consult with technocrats and coordinate with other heads of state before making statements about the dam.

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  1. Pre-2017, there was “leakage” at the Kariba dam complex via the malfunctioning spillway gates. So yes there is and has been a “leak”. refer to KDRP SOW and one 2015 report “Impact of the failure of the Kariba Dam” by Kay Darbourn/IRMSA. Problem is, I suppose, a poor reading culture, a lax in Investigative Journalism & literature review and ofcourse failure to include other minds in collective problem-solving. Knowledge is POWER: http://zambianenergyadvisor.over-blog.com/2020/04/the-zambezi-river-kariba-dam-and-the-kariba-north-bank-power-plants.html

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    • The leakage during PF time wasn’t recognized it’s only being recognized now?
      It’s not only about reading culture it is also about telling the truth even it disadvantages you.
      …in the end you will be respected.

    • This is a very grave situation indeed, the little that remained after PF over-used the Kariba water is now leaking out.

  2. This is fixing the fixer other than offering alternative leadership. That’s why they get zeros on election. Focus on yourself and what Zambian’s expect from you instead of focusing on HH.

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  3. “If the dam is leaking, what are the implications for people living downstream in three different countries? Have we shared this information with Zimbabwe and Mozambique? What preparations have been made for potential consequences?,” Sir, the nationals of these countries know. They are on social media. But you can verify if you don’t believe me

  4. He said the coffers were empty. …..lies
    He said the country,s debt was 20billion……lies.
    He said he can reduce the price of fuel-lies
    He said fertiliser will be cheaper-lies
    He said the dollar will appreciate – lies
    He said no more load shedding- lie
    Now he has Kariba as a hole and is leaking–lie

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