Government tells Zambians to prepare for massive power load shedding due to poor rains.

Government has advised people in Eastern Province to brace themselves for more power load-shedding this year.
Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Development, Charles Zulu says that Zambia’s generating capacity will this year reduce from over 2, 200 to about 1,800 megawatts.
He explained that this is because the Zambezi Water Authority has reduced the amount of water being supplied to ZESCO for power generation due to reduced water levels at Kariba North Bank.
The deputy minister says that this has been caused by the reduced rainfall that the country has received during the 2014-2015 rain season.
Mr. Zulu says that Zambians must therefore, not be misled by politicians, who may want to take advantage to denounce government over the load-shedding which will be taking place.
The deputy minister says that reduced rainfall is a situation beyond government’s control.
He says that indications are that Zambia’s neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe are also expected to face similar challenges.

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