By RUTH YAMBAYAMBA
ENERGY Minister Peter Kapala has announced that Zesco has reached 80 percent in the power connections program.
Mr Kapala said, the government’s aim was to complete installing poles by January 2023, but due to the change of suppliers of the electric poles, this has caused delay for the installation process.
He noted that, despite the heavy rains Zesco has managed to install electrical poles in most parts.
“I can confirm that we are almost 80 percent done with the outstanding connections from 2014 to date. Remember there was some push back on the contract on the supplier of poles from Zimbabwe, South Africa and the procurement process delayed by now we should have reached even 100 percent.
“This is an on-going exercise, I am sure we will be able to dismantle the backlog despite the heavy rains that we are experiencing,” he said.
The minister said “Zesco is supposed to react after the payments so that many people can be connected as soon as possible.