Solwezi load-shedding irks locals, Zesco favours Kansanshi expatriates

Business houses in Solwezi are incensed at the lengthy hours of load-shedding by ZESCO during production and peak hours but leaving power supply to Kansanshi mine expatriate houses in the golf estate uninterrupted.
Zesco management seemingly does not care whether houses and business houses have power, but they would do everything possible to ensure that electricity supply to Kansanshi Golf estate is not disturbed in any way.
The Kansanshi golf estate is situated in the neighbourhood of Zambian houses in Mishitala area on the way to Kansanshi mine but this area does not experience the now infamous load-shedding.
The surprising thing is that when there is load-shedding in all the houses near Kansanshi golf estate all the houses and installations there will not be affected and it will be business as usual and clearly lit especially at night.
Kansanshi golf estate has the golf course, bowling greens, tennis courts and squash, among the sports disciplines and is a preserve for expatriates working for the mines and a few Zambians who do the vuvuzela and donkey work for them like their public relations manager Godfrey Msiska.
There are also Zambians who are more qualified. But some of the so called expatriates have no qualifications but have been given houses in the golf estate because of their colour. The Kansanshi golf estate has been nicknamed “little Pretoria” by the local residents.
Sources say Zesco management has been compromised and one of their senior managers has been put on the Kansanshi mine pay roll to ensure their interests are promoted.
Businessmen in Solwezi are unhappy with the trendy and are asking the PF government to come to their rescue by way of ensuring that there is seamless flow of power to their business stations.
They claim government has more interest with the foreign investors and does not worry about their plight in a region which contributes so much to the national treasury. Efforts to involve officials in the North west Chamber of commerce and industry have not yielded good results because their president Mutupa and executive have been bought by the mines through business deals for his briefcase company.
“we are worried at the level of development in Solwezi and North western province because it seems our own government does not care. They serve the interests of foreign investors instead of their own local people. Time will tell,” said a local businessmen who with-held his identity for fear of humiliation.
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18 Responses to "Solwezi load-shedding irks locals, Zesco favours Kansanshi expatriates"

  1. edgar   January 9, 2013 at 11:16

    ZESCO pooring the nation

  2. matata   January 8, 2013 at 13:28

    Why always point at others whilst thinking that is is their duty to perform whilst trying to find a reason for their failures.
    Yes, there is an elapse of power supply everywhere, BUT… yourself !!!
    Take a 500-1000Watt Solar panel, 3 car batteries and a 23012 volt inverter. Most likely you’ll find yourself never paying a single dime again to the power supplier. With 3 x 12v of 60amps you have 2.1 KW peak power for an hour which even makes it possible to run a stove. As for hot water for bathing, take a low tech water solar heater. All in all costs possibly around 1200 US if ordered from China. If you want more power, buy another car battery or increase to your needs.

    Gazi Diani

  3. Gren Ndokwa   January 8, 2013 at 11:37

    First and foremost you are lying that the Golf estate is open to everyone,secondly which Genset is that you are referring to? The Golf estate has dedicated line installed and powered by Zesco,the nearby residents are not allowed to connect through this line.Its amazing how certain Zambians think just because you ve a contract with these same whites, you think all is well,try being selfless and fight for the masses suffering,blackouts are the norms of the day.Wake up man

  4. Mwaba Mwaume   January 8, 2013 at 09:32

    Zambians,its high tym we got lndependence men! lt is very unfare to blame ZESCO on load-sheading in Solwezi alone,IYI Load sheading nikonse na pa Capital city pa lUSAKA epo yaba. Sometimes it even affects STATE HOUSE kuli Ba ‘SHI CHILUFYA’
    Talking about the Solwezi golf club, it has its own genset elyo utu muma gensets nomba twalichipa pantu nabengi aba running’a ama pubs like bali kwata mu ma premises yabo. Lets not criticize where it is not even necessary bamwana mayo!

  5. Mwansa bombwe   January 8, 2013 at 09:30

    You 6 koloko(Kumatako) why do you want good things?just keep quiet will help u if we want to.we are first attending to the most important people and places.since when did we tell you to start speaking?

    • Mutombu Kabunji   January 8, 2013 at 11:04

      @Mwansa Bombwe, dont exibt ur dullness on ths site. Cntribute positively. Dont get drunk wth Chibuku brown ths early. Go back to school & find a decent job.Try by all means not to use ur armpits 4 thnking. Kolwe.Wasupa Nankashi.

    • Iady Gaga   January 8, 2013 at 14:00

      Fool! You uncucirmsised idiot!! Don’t display your idiocy here.

  6. Mwaba Mwaume   January 8, 2013 at 09:28

    Zambians,its high tym we got lndependence men! lt is very unfare to blame ZESCO on load-sheading in Solwezi alone,IYI Load sheading nikonse na pa Capital city pa lUSAKA epo yaba. Sometimes it even affects STATE HOUSE kuli Ba ‘SHI CHILUFYA’
    Talking about the Solwezi golf club, it has its own genset elyo utu muma gensets nomba twalichipa pantu nabengi aba running’a ama pubs like bali kwata mu ma premises yabo. Lets not critise where it is ni even necessary bamwana mayo!

  7. Auto pilot   January 8, 2013 at 07:54

    Imwe ba kalengo iseni mundange ukwabela genset iyo mwalumbula!! Na cimpesha amano, muleti tamwikala musolwezi, nomba imisosele ili rather misdirected!! Per say they have a line from the mining plant? Zesco solwezi is under equiped period.

  8. Limbo   January 8, 2013 at 07:50

    Problem naife ma Zambians is you think just because muzungu alinacho, then it must be better, why not make your own golf course and housing estate??

  9. banyinobe something   January 8, 2013 at 07:45

    i stay nxt 2 the the eastate n wat ZWD is saying is totaly true..’the little pretoria’ exist..n zesco r fools,even their houses r affected bt they rather do their get bribed than serve their families..bullshit.kumamamake

  10. Kalengo Davis   January 8, 2013 at 07:35

    Thanks guys for this information. Firstly, the Golf club is open to anyone who can afford. I do not work for the mines and I stay in Kitwe but Iam a member of the golf club and enjoy all facilities just like anybody else. Lets be fair! Its not a preserve of the expatriates.
    Coming to ZESCO, the golf club has a GENSET , so again its not true that the estate is favoured.

  11. pieter   January 8, 2013 at 07:16

    no wonder petersen sung, tipempa boma mulanganepo,we cant go on like this…thumbs up petersen u are our man.continu giving them the tru reflection of what society is going thru.there is nothing gud abt zesco in solwezi.solwezi resident

  12. kik   January 8, 2013 at 06:45

    if you are frustrated at the mines at dont vent your anger at zesco.
    reveal your identity if your telling the truth.
    to begin with there is no senior manager at solwezi zesco.
    Now i proved that your are liars.

  13. DIASPORA   January 8, 2013 at 06:44


  14. kimz   January 8, 2013 at 06:31

    This article is very accurate and straight to the point. Thanks.

  15. yaba   January 8, 2013 at 06:30

    idoitic zesco manager!What the hell is this kind of rubbish? you are the ones who bring shame to a black man and later on our beautiful town of solwezi.Instead of protecting the locals so that their businesses can grow you engage in Muzungu anikonde.Ba zesco mwabobunga.Foolish black men. This is why we still lavish in poverty even when we have the resources because we want to please the pigs leaving our own.We believe the PF govt is doing something about this Aparthied which is slowly taking its course in solwezi.If not checked our country is surely going back to the dogs.we urge all well meaning zambians to fight this vice by zesco and a few disgruntled individuals who just look at their bellys.We need power to thye black community please.

  16. Boko halam   January 8, 2013 at 05:56

    I hav stayed in solwezi and the power supply is worst i hav ever seen in my life. Govt shud do something. So the foreigners have power and the poor kaondes and lundas are languishing in darkness and hav no power