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Lungu says govt to invest in other sources of energy

By AARON CHIYANZO
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Government will start investing in other sources of energy.
President Lungu said this in Siavonga yesterday when toured Kariba Dam to check on the water levels.
This follows the Zambezi River Authority’s stance that it would not allocate Kariba North and South Hydroelectric Power Stations more water when levels rise because it would reserve for future purposes.
President Lungu said Government would invest in other sources of energy so as not to rely on hydro power.
“We will invest in other sources of energy,” he said.
And ZRA chief executive officer, Munyaradzi Munodawafa said Kariba Dam still did not have enough water despite high levels being witnessed at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
Mr Munodawafa said it would take about nine weeks for the water at the Victoria Falls to reach the dam.
He also said no more would be allocated to the two power hydro stations at Kariba Dam even if it gets full.
Mr Munodawafa said water would be reserved for future use in an event that wasn’t enough rain.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa said Kariba Dam only had 3 meters of water against its 13 meter capacity.
Mr Nkhuwa said loadshedding could not end when the dam still had a 10-meter water deficit.
President Lungu also toured the 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower Hydropower Station under construction in Chikankata.

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