CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) media director Sunday Chanda has urged Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi to offer alternatives that can enhance operations of Zesco and not just criticise the 75 percent tariff increment.
Mr Chanda told journalists in Lusaka on Sunday that Mr Milupi, being learned, must know that Zesco needs to recapitalise, something which can only be achieved by increasing its revenue generation.
“It was explained clearly that this increment will allow Zesco to generate profit and recapitalise. It is not good that some of our colleagues are trying to distract us from what we must be doing, which is to translate our 2016 to 2021 manifesto into a tangible programme of action,” he said.
Mr Chanda said Mr Milupi, being an electrical engineer, is expected to move beyond just being a critic, to offering alternatives.
“We are inviting Mr Milupi to raise the bar and go beyond mere rhetoric and cheap criticism, but also talk about the 300 unit threshold that Zesco has put in place, and acknowledge the cushioning that Government is giving when it takes certain measures,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Milupi was quoted by a local newspaper published on Sunday as saying that no average Zambian can afford a 75 percent electricity tariff hike in an economy that is already struggling.