Clearing the air on the allegations that government had auctioned Zesco to the Chinese Nkhuwa said that no such plans had been put up by government.
“I just want to make it clear that Zesco is not for sale, it has not been discussed anywhere. In my ministry I am in charge of Zesco, there is no correspondence and nobody has even come here to see me or see any member of staff asking to buy Zesco,” he said.
“As far as we are concerned Zesco is not up for sale. Zesco is a very strategic company in the Republic of Zambia and therefore it must be handled very carefully.”
Nkhuwa said the President Edgar Lungu cabinet could not be so irresponsible as to auction Zesco which was a Strategic institution.
“I think that the government of Zambia led by Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu is a very responsible government that will not do things in a haphazard manner therefore please be informed that Zesco is not for sale,” Nkhuwa said.
“Zesco produces 80% of the energy that we use in Zambia including the energy that we export. Energy is the engine room of the economy, if there was a blackout, everything stops working.”
President Lungu’s critics have gone to town discrediting his recent trip to China where he joined 53 of the 54 African countries at the Africa-China summit in Beijing.