Load-Shedding Ends Next Year –Wina

Vice president Inonge Wina says load-shedding will end next year following numerous interventions Government has implemented.
This is contained in a joint statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press and public relations at the Zambian High Commission to the United Kingdom (UK) Abigail Chaponda and Mrs Wina’s press aide Kunda Mando.
Mrs Wina said one of the interventions is the US$4 billion (K40 billion) Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme at Batoka Gorge.
Mrs Wina said Government will ensure electricity rationing, commonly known as load-shedding ends by end of 2018.
She said the Batoka project will produce 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity and create jobs.
“Currently, we are still load-shedding but not as much as we used to. Next year load-shedding in Zambia will be a thing of the past because the Batoka project will produce 2,400 megawatts of electricity,” she said during a dinner hosted for her by Zambia’s High Commission to the UK.
And Mrs Wina has urged Zambians both home and abroad to work hard to develop their country.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to the UK Muyeba Chikonde assured the Vice-President that his team will work hard to meet the expectations of Zambians.
“We would like to assure you of our commitment to remain relevant in the realisation of Government’s goal of developing our country,” he said.
Meanwhile, load-shedding of electricity will significantly reduce by end of March this year if the country continues receiving average to above average rainfall, Zesco Limited managing director Victor Mundende has said.
And Mr Mundende said the company has received K867 million as subsidies as at November 30, 2016.
He was speaking yesterday when he appeared before the parliamentary committee on budget and estimates, chaired by Mbala Member of Parliament Mwalimu Simfukwe.
“If we continue having this kind of rainfall up to March, load-shedding will significantly reduce.
“We want our reservoirs at Kariba and Kafue Gorge full because then we are able to supply electricity without load-shedding,” he said.

2 Responses to "Load-Shedding Ends Next Year –Wina"

  1. Wiseman from the East   January 27, 2017 at 12:12 am

    This Batoka project has not even started. Not even a stone has been laid there.The whole project can take upto 4 or 5 years to complete. Maybe I do not understand the difference between 1 year and 5 years.

  2. Paulos   January 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

    is this another joint project with Zimbabwe? I personally do not like joint projects with neighbours whose future is uncertain!