Government has assured Zambians that the long periods of power rationing will end as soon as possible.
Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma has told ZNBC’s Joy Siatubi in Kinshasa that government is in the process of modifying the current load shedding time-table to reduce the long periods of power outage.
Mr. Yaluma says this is one of the ways that government is trying to correct the power deficit.
He has also disclosed that government is engaging Mozambique to look at possibilities of importing power from that country.
And the Minister attended official talks ahead of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the hydro power sites on the Luapula river between Zambia and the DRC.
The MoU will encompass three hydro power sites on the Luapula river, which are expected to generate a total of one thousand megawatts of power to cushion the deficit the country is currently facing.
Mr. Yaluma is expected to sign the MoU tomorrow with his counterpart, the Congolese minister of Hydraulic Resources and Electricity, Jeannot Gamanda.
And Energy Permanent Secretary Emmelda Chola says soon after the signing of the MoU, technocrats from both countries will come up with urgent measures to implement the project.
Brigadier General Chola is hopeful that the plan will mitigate the power challenges faced by both Zambia and DR Congo.