After 50 years of independence: Water, power crisis get worse in Zambia

After 50 years of independence: Water, power crisis get worse in  Zambia

Residents fetching water from dirty wells

Residents fetching water from dirty wells

Crippling water shortages and power blackouts have hit most parts of the country with some families and traders losing a lot of money over the perishable foods.

In Lusaka, power blackouts are the order of the day while water rationing has also affected the biggest hospital in the country, UTH.

In areas such as Mutendere, Mandevu, Avondale, Kanyama, Chawama, Matero, and Bauleni, there are power cuts for as long as five hours in a day while there is no water in most areas.

The situation is the same in other urban centres such as Copperbelt where residents in Wusakile have had to take to the streets and protest over lack of water and blackouts by ZESCO.
Yet, there has been no explanation from the PF government or the water and power utility companies.
“We are suffering here in Mutendere as power goes almost whole day without any explanation. We don’t even have money to buy charcoal as it has become too expensive as well,” said some residents.

Stopping water shortages and power blackouts were the key PF campaign songs during the 2011 elections, but the situation has just worsened. It is likely that a lot of people will have neither power nor water on Independence Day.

The PF has been claiming that they are rehabilitating and expanding power supply installations in various parts of the country, but the situation keeps worsening.

For the Copperbelt residents, they have finally run-out of patience and have now resorted to protests in areas such as Chamboli and Wusakile where they have had no water for many days now and experiencing continuous power blackouts.

Kasama and surrounding areas in Northern province has also been heavily affected by critical water shortages with residents travelling long distances to fetch the commodity.

Early this year, Lukashya Trades Training Institute was even closed for fear of an outbreak of water borne diseases.

All these are happening when the Zambian president Michael Sata is either too sick to do anything or is he just malingering.

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