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ERB lowers the connection fees for ZESCO




The suggested connection fees from ZESCO have been reduced by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB).

According to REYNOLDS BOWA, the chair of the ERB Board, the board has voted to accept amended connection fees that will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.

The revised new connection fees in low density areas, which ZESCO had intended to increase from the current 2,873 Kwacha to 13,248 Kwacha, now cost 4,846 Kwacha.


Compared to the prior 361-percent rise suggested by ZESCO, this represents a 69-percent increase.

The ZESCO-proposed 34,000 kwacha from 5,000 kwacha cost for three phase underground connections in low density regions has been reduced and approved at 11,120 kwacha.

Upgrades to existing single phase overhead connections from the current K1,558 to three phase connections were originally suggested for K15,227 and approved at K11,120.

According to Mr. BOWA, the board has agreed a 70–30 cost sharing arrangement under which consumers would pay 70% of the ERB’s estimated connection costs and ZESCO would cover the remaining 30%.


At a press conference, he stated that the approved cost sharing method is intended to make connection fees more accessible, particularly for low income homes.

Additionally, the ERB has ordered ZESCO to create payment options that would let customers pay connection fees over the course of a year.

According to Mr. BOWA, customers who agreed to pay at least half of the billed price based on the newly approved rates and join right away shall be treated as though they had paid in full.

On September 3rd, 2022, ZESCO submitted a request to the ERB asking it to take into account raising the connection fees for customers.

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President Hichilema to Visit Seseli Mine




Seseli Mine in Chingola

President Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to visit Seseli Mine in Chingola on the Copperbelt, where a number of illegal miners find themselves trapped in a flooded open-pit mine. The announcement was made by Copper Minister Elisha Matambo during a press briefing in Chingola, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing the critical situation.

Minister Matambo expressed confidence in the measures and interventions implemented by the government, ensuring that the ongoing rescue mission will reach the trapped miners. The President’s visit underscores the gravity of the situation and the government’s hands-on approach in coordinating the rescue efforts.

Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe provided further assurance, stating that safety precautions are rigorously being followed to maximize the chances of a successful rescue operation. He emphasized that the government has engaged with families affected by the incident, with twenty-seven families having come forward to claim missing relatives.

Source: aljazeera

In other news – It all ended in tears for Faith Nketsi

News that well-known Mzansi reality TV star and influencer, Faith Nketsi whose full name is Mapholoso Faith Nketsi was finally divorcing her short-term husband Nzuzo Njilo was met with relief from fans of the reality star and businesswoman.

Faith Nketsi

The reason behind the celebration of the divorce was because Faith’s brand took some knocks when her husband’s corrupt business ways were aired on the covers of Mzansi’s biggest. Read more

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PF MPs Urged to Embrace New Leadership Dynamics in National Assembly




Robert Chabinga

The leader of the opposition in Parliament, Robert Chabinga, has commended President Hakainde Hichilema for demonstrating a spirit of unity and magnanimity towards his predecessor, former President Edgar Lungu. In the midst of heightened provocations, Mr. Chabinga emphasized that President Hichilema and the United Party for National Development (UPND) are not responsible for the challenges within the former ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Speaking from his position as the Member of Parliament for Mafinga, Mr. Chabinga advised PF Members of Parliament to acknowledge the changed leadership in the National Assembly. He urged them to embrace discipline and decorum in the legislative body, emphasizing the importance of non-political conduct and effective representation aligned with the wishes of the electorate.

“President Hichilema has demonstrated love towards his predecessor, former President Lungu, even in the face of heightened provocation. The challenges within the PF should not be laid at the doorstep of President Hichilema and the UPND. It is essential for PF MPs to accept the new reality and move forward,” stated Mr. Chabinga in a statement issued to ZNBC News in Lusaka.

He underscored the importance of maintaining discipline in the National Assembly, urging MPs to prioritize the interests of the people who elected them. Mr. Chabinga emphasized the need for constructive checks and balances from opposition MPs, fostering an environment of cooperation and effective governance.

“Opposition MPs have a crucial role in providing constructive checks and balances in the House. It is imperative for all MPs to refrain from antagonizing one another and focus on contributing positively to the legislative process,” added Mr. Chabinga.

Source: Lusakatimes

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