SEEK OTHER SOURCES OF ENERGY – CHIEFS

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By SILUMESI MALUMO in Siavonga

TRADTIONAL leaders have implored Zesco to explore other avenues to improve power generation in view of climate change which has continued to hit the country.

House of Chiefs Chairperson, Chief Kaputa of Kaputa yesterday said it was prudent that the power utility company stopped the dependence of hydro power because it was significantly affecting the country’s economy.

He said resorting to other sources of energy would help to mitigate the power deficit which had drastically affected the nation.

The traditional leader pointed out that solar and coal should be prioritized to enhance power generation.

He was speaking yesterday when a delegation from the House of Chief undertook a familiarisation tour of Kariba North Bank.

The delegation comprising 10 chiefs visited the area to appreciate firsthand the challenges the power utility was facing in generating power.

“Let’s look to other sources of energy in order to reduce the power deficit which the country is facing. We have continued to face challenges with this climate change.

And Chief Chipepo of Siavonga echoed Chief Kaputa’s sentiments saying there was urgent need to exploit other sources of energy.

He said there was need for the company to urgently seek other sources of energy to save the economy.

The traditional leader, who stated that energy was engine of the economy, said it was important that power generation improved.

Meanwhile Kariba dam power station acting manager, Geoffrey Chambisha said the water levels were still low.

Mr Chambisha said the current water levels were not enough for effective power generation. He said since last year, the water levels only increased by 1.2 percent, far from what was projected for power generation this year. Siavonga District Commissioner Lovemore Kanyama said the situation was not pleasing and the only hope was for the country to continue receiving normal to above normal rainfall so that water can be fed to Kariba.

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