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Increased Load Shedding Hours Worry Lungu

President Edgar Lungu he fails to imagine people living in high-density areas having to walk in darkness to and from their workplaces because of electricity load shedding.

And President Lungu says his government will refine the constitution even if others are opposed to it.

Speaking when opening the 4th Session of the 12th National Assembly in Lusaka on Friday titled “Accelerating sustainable development for a better Zambia amidst the impact of climate change”, President Lungu also directed the Ministry of Energy to stop load shedding health centers and water supply points.

He said he sometimes drives around the city at night where he noticed that many areas were without electricity.

“As I sometimes drive around the city at night, I see more and more areas in darkness due to load shedding because our dams that generate power do not have water. I have heard of people failing to leave or enter their homes because their electric gates have mal-functioned because of power failure. It saddens me and I fail to imagine people living in high-density areas having to walk in darkness to and from their workplaces. Surely, this poses a serious security risk on our people,” President Lungu said. “I am aware, Mr Speaker, of some health facilities going without power for long periods of time and I begin to wonder how our health workers are looking after our patients without water and electricity. Sir, in view of the above, I am directing the Ministry of Energy from midnight tonight to prioritize power supply to hospitals and health centres. Further, the Ministry of Energy should prioritize energy supply to our water supply operations. This is a very serious matter that should not be taken lightly.”

He said the inability to have adequate water to generate power and grow enough food to feed the people have all been greatly caused by the effects of climate change.

“We all seriously need to understand and begin to appreciate this in detail and stop pointing fingers at each other for failure to grow our economy at the desired pace. Climate change is real. My fellow countrymen and women, I would like you to fully understand that this not my problem alone or the problem of my government alone. This is nature but even if it is nature, we need to join hands and see what we can do about it together [and] no question about it,” President Lungu said.

And President Lungu said his government has demonstrated to the Zambian people that they are “indeed a government that can be trusted to deliver on our promises”.

 

“Yes, successive governments have come and gone yet the constitution-making process has remained a process. It’s only us who brought in this constitution. Mr Speaker, I am on record having asked citizens and various stakeholders to read the draft of the constitution before it was finally enacted by this house. Politicians and various interest groups rose to the occasion to have the current constitution enacted in its current form. We braved the storm to deliver a revised constitution to the Zambian people, even at the risk of losing power. People are scared of 50 per cent plus one but we got it in and we scored. This selfless act on our part is enough testimony that we mean every word we say and it is for this reason that I appeal to all of you to support the current process [that] we are in. Yes, we are back once more on the process of refining it. We are back for one reason [which is] because my government is a listening government. If you don’t want to refine it, we will refine it,” he said.

And on budgetary expenditures, the Head of State revealed huge spending on personal emoluments and debt servicing at 90.1 per cent of the total budget, which he warned will affect the 2020 national  budget.

“I want to place emphasis on the need to dismantle these arrears while curbing further accumulation of arrears. My government has taken this very seriously and I have directed those tasked with the responsibility of managing this debt stock to ensure that stringent measures are actively implemented,” President Lungu said. “Mr Speaker, our non-discretionary expenditure which comprises personal emoluments (PEs) and debt stands at 50.1 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, giving a total of 90.1 per cent of our annual budget. This leaves the discretionary amount to stand at 9.9 per cent of our annual budget. This Mr Speaker is an alarming ratio.”

On the civil service, he directed the Secretary to the Cabinet to clean up the public service payroll and ensure service delivery by civil servants reflected expenditure o their salaries.

“It is cardinal that personnel emoluments must be reflective of service delivery to the Zambian people. I have observed that this is not the case. It is for this reason that I have directed Secretary to Cabinet to immediately clean-up the public service payroll to stop this hemorrhage today and not tomorrow,” President Lungu said.

On the fight against corruption, he made a commitment that he will not relent but ensure progress is made.

“I will not stand and see greedy citizens destroy the good fiber of our nation. Indeed, I will not expect government under my charge to fail to provide for the people of Zambia. I can only urge those who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the fight against corruption is attained to work hard,” said President Lungu.

 

59 Comments

  1. Leonard Siame

    But boss Last Time you addressed the nation you said by this time we will have excess power.what happened?

  2. Peter Chisanga

    Your Excellence, ” a stitch in time saves nine”.

    Proverbs 4:7 wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.

    You are a father figure of this country.
    #teamloyalty

  3. Lukwe

    Thumbs up

  4. Whyson phiri

    Yeah but how many days are you doing this? Because we are Just getting ready to see where is your project? Years ago nothing change.

  5. Chiwahisha wana gift

    Kuwaya wayafye,we are suffering about the power.

  6. puzzled

    ba lulu zoona why depend on hydro power n yet u fully understand that climate change can do anything and at tha end of the day u say am worried wit loadshedn mr dont be worried try other means, that dnt require water 2 produce power vintu malume vichinja

  7. Impyakusu ichinyo

    If I was this man I would have not talked about corruption because he is the master mind

  8. Sosa

    Biggy just import power from wherever you think you can import don’t brag ati I fail to imagine it’s because you don’t have vision for leadership kwsila.

  9. K29

    what about solar plants you were busy singing about.

  10. Sosa

    The solar milling plants,solar power plants and the thermal power plant they are just like they do not exist coz they are mentioned difficult times.Bakateka ninshi namulufya map nangula nishyani?

  11. Herv Rena

    His excellency failed to explain to people how he plans to solve the many hitches the country is facing
    Tell us the way out of power deficit,mealie meal, corruption itself,unemployment and poverty which they have left behind.

  12. Hk

    we can’t the president….
    but climate change…

  13. HK

    we can’t blame the president…
    but climate change ….
    but i also wander why even in mbala we are suffering from the same issue Even when we have our own source of power….

  14. Onezer0

    Our President Has Spoken. Manje Ba Pipo Pa Zed Misula Thats Why This Country Will Never Change.

  15. LOGO

    HH SAID VOTE WISE IN 2O16.NOW Y IS LUNGU WORIED.REMEMBER ENTERING A SECRET ROOM IN 2O16.GOD HELP US TO CHANGE GOVT IN 2O21 AMEN .

  16. LOGO

    HH SAID VOTE WISE IN 2O16.NOW Y IS LUNGU WORIED.REMEMBER A FOREIGNER ENTERING A SECRET ROOM IN 2O16.GOD HELP US TO CHANGE GOVT IN 2O21 AMEN .

  17. LOGO

    HH SAID VOTE WISE IN 2O16.NOW Y IS LUNGU WORIED.REMEMBER A FOREIGNER ENTERING A SECRET ROOM IN 2O16.GOD HELP US TO CHANGE GOVT IN 2O21 AMEN .

  18. Mark chipanuka

    Twachula

  19. Konks

    Am glad to his excellence that he can feel that way, but now as this being the national problem due to climate changes, make sure that you also maintain the same hours of 6 or 4. Because in actual sense the normal working hours of a person is 8 hours now think it that there are no electricity, definitely that will not gain anything at all

  20. Ignatius maingwe

    I think most of the setback’s we are going through in our country are just due to climate change, and that’s nature we can only live in harmony with it. Let’s just bring up ideas that can help us all, Our president doesn’t make rain his just human.

  21. Sams

    What about the 48 houses in Chala ?

  22. Sams

    What about the 48 houses in Chalala ?

  23. Sungulukulya

    But kwena anyway

  24. Lungu matako kuchuka

    We know u a tired of pretending that u ar normal and we can’t blem u bt your teacher who taught u in grade one with stupid manors Mr ECL

  25. Kicks

    Kwena yama the sweet potato is better than you? because i think it can be stretched after it has been digested, but you can never be digested, thats one reason. You don’t want to leave our constitution alone as if you were voted to power to work on the document. Whats the matter with you bwana lungu? is that the pf constitution or Zambian constitution? shaa!.

    • magical minds

      Imwe bafikala y are you complaining you even knw that kariba dam has no water,so you think your fucking HH he ll bring back waters in that dam,just understand the president and work hard ba imbwa imwe

  26. Betrayal

    Useless individual ati ba lawyer a fool who doesn’t even understand what the law is. Junta to much and bashi Lulu you should always remember that Zambia is not for PF also remember that Zambia was there before your stupid self

  27. Ichibwamba nations

    Ba Lungu tamwaitambe ba pusshi chi Lungu utubo Kwati tutako twandi.

  28. Kikiki

    He says,’If you dont want to refine it, we will refine it’. Typical of Pf dictatorship. On this one you are likely to meet the force of the zambian people. They may look docile but prevention is better than cure

  29. Bwete

    A president who chose a drug mafia for a best friend, you should be ashamed of yourself. Valden is a drug dealer ask those from American they will tell. I made an enquiry on Findlay Valden from a friend who is in America and he sent me an email containing a lot of information concerning Valden and am sure bashi Lulu knows something

  30. Aba nenex

    TI would be better if you tell people that,ruling is not my position.than making people facing various challenges. We have shortage of food because of to much exporting food. We more money in Zambia and that is our money not for an individual no,but for the people of Zambia. You can’t say that we don’t have money in government because government is earning money every second. Have being at that position, it doesn’t mean that you are the only family who need to live in large.we also need to live like you do.we also need to eat,proper shelter, actually all the plans you have we do have as well.so use the money to supply busic needs to the people. Mind you for you to be called the president it is because of us people.

  31. Mwisho

    Mwilafulungana respect the head of state tamwakatekepo icalo umuntu ni lungu not uyo mukukulu alabekofye

  32. FL STUDIO

    y ALL BLM MR LULU BAVIKHALA NONE IS PERFCT NIBA JIZE CHABE BALIPERFCTO NOT HUMN NA BLOOD YAKE

  33. Jimmy

    Mr President i you

  34. SEE MIND(MWAMPO)

    CLIMATE CHANGE IN FOR ZAMBIA ONLY. DON’T PUT SINGING MAJOR OF CLIMATE CHANGE. WHY YOU NOT CREAT SOLAR ENERGY? DESERTED COUNTRY HOW THEIR SURVIVING? BECAUSE THEIR USED SOLAR ENERGY. GO IN KENYA TO LEAN HOW TO PRODUCE SOLAR ENERGY OK. DON’T CRIES CLIMATE CHANGE. ENERGY IN ZAMBIA IS AVAILABLE ONLY LEADERSHIP PROBLEMS ENERGY YOU GOVERNMENT YOU EXPORTING ENERGY OTHER COUNTRIES WE KNEW THAT.

  35. Julius sakala

    Your excellence thank you so much for wotk you are doing my humble appeal to you your excellence is to expedite the hydro in other provinces of our country zambia God blesd you God bless our country zambia

  36. Julius sakala

    Your excellence thank you for a good works you are doing God bless you

  37. Julius sakala

    Your excellence God bless you

  38. sure

    What about absence of essential drugs in clinics, late farming inputs distribution and corruption, were they as a result of climate change?

  39. Jackson k

    Even if there is water in our dams,to u it is climate. Don’t hide u are just a failure

  40. Tulibantu

    But the issue of constitution, this is very sensitive issue, edger you were voted for to work for the people of Zambia not to work on the constitution, you know what we know you want to change those things in the constitution so that i t does not catch you, why do you want to grab our rights? Why do you want to take our freedom? if you are sensible enough, deal with current situation not what you are saying, if you don’t want to refine it, we will refine it. This country is not your families country, it our Zambia, you don’t need to be rigid and dictatorial.

  41. Gg

    Happy with you our president. Those who are in Austin you are mostly bantu botatwe so don’t worry that’s their way of thinking. On the copperbelt we call them Aisha wabola. ThatsT why their biggest Aisha will never win an election because of the insults they have invested in. Continue ruling while they are in busy manufacturing new insults.

  42. Gg

    Happy with you our president. Those who are insulting lyou are mostly bantu botatwe so don’t worry that’s their way of thinking. On the copperbelt we call them Aisha wabola. Thats why their biggest Aisha will never win an election because of the insults they have invested in. Continue ruling while they are in busy manufacturing new insults.

  43. Gg

    Happy with you our president. Those who are insulting lyou are mostly bantu botatwe so don’t worry that’s their way of thinking. On the copperbelt we call them Aisha wabola. Thats why their biggest Aisha will never win an election because of the insults they have invested in. Continue ruling while they are busy manufacturing new insults. God will always deny them because of disrespect for rhoth in authority. They cannot accept what is written in the Bible unless their Aisha becomes president. The book of Romans is straight about authority but they disregard it. Muzamuziba yesu.

  44. sdr

    hellrazor!

  45. climate

    to say the trueth in management this is called incompetence or if you failure. felow country men last time we experienced loadsheding a song was composed by gvt that it was due to cloble effect even if they did no what they were talking about. the same thing has reccured this time under climate effect. the chances that this efect ll reccure in future is high. hence need to plan and think outside the silos. otherwise we are domed as a nation

  46. Diego

    Failed leadership blaming climate change when there are many ways you can generate electricity we are
    fed up with your stories

  47. sangwapo

    Mr president you are good the problem is that you don’t plan for the future .you used to export maize now look were we are now. We can not always depend on zesco let the Chinese investors invest in solar pannels

  48. Pan African

    I think His excellence is doing everything possible in this matter bcoz we surely affected economically, especially some of us who have businesses that are depend upon electric energy.

  49. Fpipo

    Climate change is unpredictable even weather patterns has also followed suit.so give the president chance to execute his duties effectively and efficiently,well done job the roads and Hospitals are me better as compared in the past.big up bwana ecl.

  50. Nangufye

    We have shallow minded people in Zambia.in Zimbabwe amalaiti yaya 12 hours if you have something that you can do to stop this thing it’s better you come on public because insulting the head of state will not reduce the hours

  51. Heroes

    No lungu no 2021, (UPND, NDC,PF)

  52. Central power

    OK wise words mr president… We understand the effects of climate change but we can still change the systems of generating power.now I am not convinced ubunga…..48 houses……electricity tariffs…..solar milling whatever in climate change or they are white elephants. Clarity

  53. Abantu mucalo

    What about 48 houses in chalala? Is it climate change? K150.00x 25kg of m/meal is it climate change? Uwa Wa tabula kabepesho,let others also cheat us

  54. Kingsley

    My question to you sir is that what are you doing about it? (The energy problem) because telling us it’s nature is not enough we voted this government in power so that things don’t keep catching us unaware how are other nations managing? The duty of a father is to plan ahead so that his family is not caught unaware. Boss we have core in this country obviously hydro power will always fail us why not make a core power generating plant to mitigate the hydro shortfall? We have uranium in this country why not take to study and find means to make a nuclear power generating plant? Bushes ba professor naba doctor something twa kwata mucalo babomba inshi? Mr president sir our country has fallen off of the deep end and if I didn’t know better I would say the current leadership has no foresight at all because telelo twa tampa ukwiba loadsheding if you people can focus on the sense contained in the criticism than hostility icalo cesu nga cili bwino. Look into my ideas because Dangote has managed a core power plant can a nation fail?

  55. Nebert Lumamba Halwindi

    As a matter of urgency, the government must freeze import duty on clean alternative sources of power like Solar energy equipments. This will make solar energy generators become affordable and accessible by majority of our people. This will lessen the burden on ZESCO and also on the environment.

    Instead of spending millions of dollars on importing power from South Africa, the government should use that money to construct new solar power stations that should guarantee a loadshedding free next year. The importation of power today would be a good idea but not sustainable. We did it last year and if we do it this year we can be sure that we will do it next year. If we can construct solar power stations now and wind energy stations this year, we will not have to worry about extended loadshedding next year and we will not worry about millions of dollars to import power.

    Remember complex issues cannot be solved with simple solutions. I am not an authority on this, to deal with this issue extensively the government and the president must be bold enough to look for minds outside of their political friends and engage them. There are brilliant Zambians who understand these matters better and can help find solutions that are sustainable and affordable. The work of politicians is to win elections and make stupid speeches but the real work must be left for people with the talent and skills. The government must not be shy to reach out to these brilliant minds. They are the real assets of our beautiful country.

    God bless ZAMBIA

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