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Brace yourselves for power outages – Leader of opposition

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Brian Mundubile

Zambians should brace for harder times ahead following the announcement that Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWS) has started rationing water in the capital due to load shedding.

Patriotic Front (PF) member Brian Mundubile says he is shocked that the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) chief executive has gone on annual leave at a time the country is experiencing the worst drought in 60 years.

“The announcement by the water company regarding water rationing in Lusaka due to load shedding makes extremely sad reading because it will mean increased poverty and possible death of innocent Zambians as diarrhoea dieses threaten to kick in and rise as people turn to drink or use dirty water,”

Reacting to a statement by the water company which on Monday said ´water shedding´ would start immediately, to be synchronised to the ZESCO power cut schedule, Mundubile says poverty cocktail the country is in now will cripple many.

“you are talking load shedding of beyond 10 hours, now water rationing, expensive mealie meal in short supply and high fuel prices…few Zambians will survive this even among the toughest.” Mundubile said.

He says the mounting crises from electricity, expensive mealie, high fuel prices is testimony, if anyone was in doubt that President Hakainde Hichilema has failed lamentably to government the country, even in the face of climate change.

“As is this is not enough Victor Mapani the embattled ZESCO boss goes on leave in the middle of a crisis,”

“it is like a fireman deciding to take a lunch break when the house is on fire or the army commander deciding to take a siesta in the middle of a war.”

“It is criminal if it is true Victor has gone on leave then he ha s failed to put out the fire at ZESCO and like ERB, Victor and his board Chairperson must be sacked or resign honourably. You can’t go on leave in the middle of a crisis, not in Zambia not anywhere on earth,” he said.

Mundubile says amidst rising calls for the firing of Mapani from various circles, the embattled ZESCO boss.

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