Load shedding in Zambia ending next year- Vice President

Government has assured Zambians that load shedding in the country is coming to an end next year.

And Her Honour Mrs Inonge Mutukwa Wina, Vice- President of the Republic of Zambia has called on all Zambians in the diaspora and Diplomatic staff to work hard and contribute positively to the national development of the country.

In her Speech during a Dinner that was hosted in her honour by Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde and his Wife Musonda at their official Residence on Saturday, the Vice President assured Zambians that the coming of the US$ 4 billion Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) at Batoka Gorge will bring to an end load shedding in Zambia.

Mrs Wina said Government was working hard to ensure that load shedding in the country came to an end saying that the Batoka project, would produce 2, 400 Megawatts (MW) of electricity and create job opportunities.

“Currently, we are still load shedding but not as much as we used to. Load shedding is coming to an end next year with the coming on board of the Batoka Hydro-Electric Scheme (HES) at Batoka Gorge. Next year load shedding in Zambia will be be a thing of the past because the Batoka project, would produce 2, 400 Megawatts (MW) of electricity,” she said.

And the Vice President has urged Zambians both home and aboard to work hard as per Government expectation.

“I bring greetings from the President, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The country is peaceful, contrary to social media reports. We now expect everyone to be working. The Zambian Government expects hard work from Zambians in the diaspora and the Diplomatic Staff, we expect inputs from you all for the development of the country,” she said.

The Vice President said that Zambia’s economy was performing fairly well and that the Zambian currency had stabilized.

She said Zambia needed investments in different sectors adding that Zambian Embassies needed to entice investments to come and invest in Zambia.

“There is still a lot to be done. Embassies need to entice investors both foreign as well as Zambians. We need you. And We are urging all Civil Servants to have pieces of Land. Civil Servants will be given loans; a window has been opened for those who want to go into agriculture,” she said.

Meanwhile His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde has assured the Vice President of hard work.

“Now that the elections are past, as your Honour have rightly told us, it is time for hard work and we take this directive seriously. We would like to assure you of our commitment to remain relevant in the realisation of Government’s goal of developing our country,” he said.

Issued by: Abigail Chaponda (Mrs.) First Secretary | Press and Public Relations Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom

LONDON, Tuesday, 23 January, 2017

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