Inonge embarrassing herself over load-shedding – Milupi

Inonge embarrassing herself over load-shedding – Milupi

By Elly Musonda

INONGE Wina must stop embarrassing herself in public by lying that the Batoka Gorge power plant will be completed next year to end load-shedding in Zambia, says ADD leader Charles Milupi.

Vice-President Wina on Thursday told a gathering in London that load-shedding in Zambia would end in 2018 after the establishment of the Batoka Gorge power plant.

But Milupi said it was ridiculous for Vice-President Wina to be issuing statements full of lies when the government was fully aware that the establishment of such huge power plant projects would take four to five years to be completed.

“Madam Inonge Wina must stop embarrassing herself in public by lying that the Batoka Gorge power plant will be effective next year to end load-shedding in Zambia. We have the Maamba power station and we have the heavy rains, which they said would end load-shedding if they started. Now, is she contradicting statements that came from technocrats at Zesco who said load-shedding was a result of lack of water in Kariba dam and she now is saying load-shedding will only come to an end next year and that is when Batoka Gorge power plant will come on stream next year to produce power to the extent of 2,400 mega watts?” Milupi asked.

“To create a hydro electric power station that can generate 2,400 mega watts of power is a mammoth undertaking that requires a number of things to be done and requires a period of about five to 10 years. Even if you are to take to a shovel or start the works today, you have to agree with Zimbabwe what you want to do, it will take five to 10 years.”

He wondered why Vice-President Wina would issue such a misleading statement when the government had not even outlined a programme of how the project would be undertaken.

“This projects requires a number of things that have to be done. There is an environmental report that has to be done because people living around the Zambezi, who will be flooded by that; where will you take them? And all these things, in my view, have not been done. Even the agreement with Zimbabwe has not been done. Even when you have gone beyond that, have they secured the funding for the project? The negotiations, all this has not been done,” said Milupi.

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