By NATION REPORTER
HEAVY rainfall and rampant thefts have adversely affected the operations of the seven solar hammer mills in Kalulushi district which were established under the Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund (PEIF).
Kalulushi District Commissioner (DC) Kenny Siachisumo said the heavy rainfall in the past one week had adversely affected the operations of the solar hammer mills which get their energy from the sun in order to operate effectively.
The DC said in an interview at the weekend that, due to the continuous rains, there had been no energy from the sun for the solar hammer mills to operate effectively.
“We have seven solar hammer mills in the district and for the past one week, they have not been operating effectively because of continuous rain and lack of sunlight where they can get the energy.
“The challenge we have is that, because these hammer mills are solar, they depend on the energy from the sun.So if we have continuous rains, then they will not receive energy from the sun and they will not operate effectively,’’ Mr Siachisumo said.
Mr Siachisumo said the theft and vandalism of installations of the hammer mills was also a source of concern.
He said nine solar panels had been stolen from various hammer mills in the district.
The DC regretted that a well-intended initiative aimed at alleviating poverty and promoting unity was being sabotaged by some people.
“The idea of the solar hammer mills under the PEIF was aimed at alleviating poverty and promoting food security, but it is saddening that, instead of supporting such ideas, we resort to theft and vandalism of such good ideas.
“Those who are behind the theft and vandalism of solar panels will be dealt with firmly once they are caught. We cannot allow people to sabotage a well- intended government initiative,’’ he said.