Economy

AN ACT OF SABOTAGE?

Zesco lines

Lusaka ~ Mon, 9 Aug 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

VANDALS last week brought down a 330kV transmission line in Kabwe in an act suspected to be clear sabotage, a possible cause of the widespread power blackout experienced yesterday.

ZESCO Limited Public Relations manager Hazel Zulu explained that the vandals removed bolts and nuts that led to the weakening of the tower structure, eventually leading to its collapse following strong winds.

The damaged interconnected power system located near Kankundwe area in Kabwe, would cost the power utility over K2.5 million in repair works.

It is expected that customers on the Copperbelt and Northwestern Provinces will continue to experience intermittent power supply in case of any overload, for the duration of the repairs.

The country has over the last few days witnessed possible acts of subotage and violence by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in the run up to the August 12 general elections.

President Edgar Lungu has worked relentlessly to end load shedding by constructing and commissioning power generation projects, and the country had enjoyed uninterrupted power supply before being thrown into darkness on Sunday, August 8, 2021.

12 Comments

  1. Frank Chombela

    It can only be former employees of Zesco. They’re the ones who understand these things.

  2. Godfrey Chilufya

    This is the more reason why these installations must be guarded by security personnel.
    People are bent to paralise the smooth running of the country as we go towards elections.

    • Lengwe Henry

      How about welding the bolts ? In planned schedules specially in isolated places .you will gradually eliminate chances of someone removing bolts

  3. John.......a

    UPND everything. We know how the human mind works. Fuck off

  4. Kantu

    STOP BLAMING THE OPPOSITION FOR EVERY WRONG THAT HAPPENS. I GAVE NEVER SEEN A GOVERNMENT THAT BLAMES OTHERS FOR ITS FAILURES.

    WE KNOW WHAT CERTAIN FOOLISH AND SELFISH INDIVIDUALS WANTED TO DO.

    IF THIS ARTICLE WAS REALLY ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS OF ZESCO THEN SURELY ZESCO IS COMPOSED OF CADRES.

    WHAT EVIDENCE DO THEY HAVE TO PROVE THAT IT WAS INDEED UPND CADRES THAT VANDALISED THAT POLE?

    FOOLISHNESS OF ITS HIGHEST ORDER. PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP ON PF JUST LIKE TO THEY GAVE UP ON UNIP AND MMD.

    ZESCO HAS ITS INTERESTS IN KEEPING CERTAIN PEOPLE IN POWER BECAUSE THEY KNOW IF THE GOVERNMENT CHANGES THEN THEY WILL LOOSE THEIR JOBS(TOP JOBS) YOU HAVE STOLEN ENOUGH SO PLEASE START PACKING YOUR BAGS. ITS TIME FOR A REASONING GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER.

    THROUGH THE BALLOT PEOPLE WILL DECIDE THEIR FATE.

  5. Vincent

    Gov

    There are so many ways of protecting those bolts and nuts such as welding a little bit on the bolts it can help ZESCO.

  6. Chagwa Maningi Lungu

    Zesco please! UPND again?
    Do you have a solid evidence to prove your alleged portion????
    Sabotage is been done by those former employees you terminated their services there are the one who understand how power works.

    Don’t always include UPND on any bad things. PF cadres are fearlessly group of proper sabotagers. Let your security personnel intensify night patrols in the strategic points.
    Procure more motorcycles for intensifying patrols.

  7. Mulida

    There’s no doubt that the vandals are UPND carders. They are desperate because there’s no load shedding, a weapon they wanted to use as a campaign tool

  8. vanbrankhorst

    zm reports, daily mail, lsk times u are little puppets of this nazi pf regime. ZNBC ZP ZESCO u are fucked for life u DIRTY RATS come 12

  9. me

    this is total nonsense and idiotic, when publishing such blemish articles, bear in mind the damage it causes on the country, this is not professionalism, just report dont finger point…..get civilised weh

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