Energy regulation board ERB has clarified that it is not in receipt of any application from ZESCO limited to vary connection charges as legally required under the energy regulation act and the electricity act.
ERB public relations manager Namukolo kasumpa stated that the change in ZESCO’s electricity connections in any form does not have the approval of ERB further stating it is null and void.
“ZESCO is further bound to strict adherence of the governing conditions in its Standard License for the Supply of Electricity. Therefore, any change in ZESCO’s connection charges in whatever form or structure as reported by various media platforms does not have the approval of ERB and is null and void,” she stated.
Ms. Kasumpa said ERB act under section 4 (1) vests the power and function to determine, regulate and review charges and tariffs in the ERB, further section 25 of ZESCO’s standard license for the supply of electricity prescribes ZESCO from managing tariffs or any other charges for any product or services without the approval of the ERB.
ERB further urged the public to disregard the reported revised charges by ZESCO for electricity connection and separation of meters and anyone subjected to the reported new charges should bring this to the attention of the ERB.
“The public may wish to know that at the last tariff application in 2019, ZESCO applied for a
revision in electricity tariffs and connection charges. At the time, only the tariffs were approved
and revised. The application by ZESCO to revise connection charges by 213 % was deferred
pending an in-depth study and further consultations by ZESCO. As such, ZESCO were guided to
re-submit an application for connection fees once these conditions were met. To date, ZESCO
has not re-submitted an application to vary the connection fees upwards or for the removal of
subsidies,” it further stated.