President of the deregistered National Democratic Congress Chishimba Kambwili has urged Government not to increase electricity Tariffs following its decision to import power from South Africa.
Kambwili has described as unfortunate proposals by Government on the need to hike power charges.
The former NDC leader said this in an interview with journalists in Lusaka on Monday at the Lusaka Magistrates Court after appearing for a mention in the matter he is charged with contempt of court for allegedly tampering with documents before another court in which he is charged with forgery, uttering false documents and giving false information to a public officer.
“Any adjustments in power tariffs will impact negatively on the country. I feel that the sentiments made by government chief spokesperson Dora Siliya when she was quoted as saying ‘the current energy tariffs were too low’ is just absurd.” He said.
Chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya yesterday announced that the government will be importing 300 Mega Watts from South Africa.
Meanwhile, Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa said “The government is in the process of engaging Mozambique on the possibility of importing power from that country.”
“The government is considering importing up to 400 Mega Watts of power to cushion the power deficit caused by low water levels at Lake Kariba.” He said.
By Ricky Mwakwa