National power blackout: Now Zesco blames UTH, other sensitive institutions for not ‘servicing’ gen sets

In an apparent tactic of running away from responsibility, Zesco public relations manager Henry Kapata has now blamed UTH and other sensitive institutions for not having serviced stand by generator sets.

He said that any problems that arose in various institutions following the blackout are as a result of the institutions not having serviced generator sets.

Kapata said that all institutions are supposed to have serviced generator sets and that it was dangerous to try them in the event of an emergency. But the national electricity supply policy exempts hospitals and other sensitive institutions like defence and security establishments from load shedding and power disconnections.

Kapata said this in a statement made available to the media, he also refuted the reports of some people dying in various hospitals during the national power outage that lasted for close to ten hours and whole day in some areas as the power utility was ‘carrying out repairs’.

Soon after the blackout Zesco apologised and told the nation that full scale investigations have been launched to establish what caused the black out. It has also been revealed that the power blackout sent authorities at Kabwe’s Mukobeko maximum prison into panic as the gen set at the institution did not have diesel. It was only satrted four hours afterwards when diesel was procured from some filling station in town.

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