RESIDENTS of New Kanyama have threatened to pull down electricity poles or set them on fire if ZESCO fails to restore power supply by Sunday.
The residents who reside along Los Angeles Road near Chipolopolo Bus Station, yesterday gathered by the roadside to chart the way forward after having been blacked out for six days from last week
The angry residents resolved that it would be better to get rid of the poles because the power utility company was not interested any more to service them with electricity.
They said after reporting their problem to ZESCO headquarters they were referred to Malambo Road branch where they were completely ignored.
“What is the need of having electricity poles here when there is no power?” one of the residents John Kyawama asked.
He said it was better to uproot the poles so that ZESCO could erect them in areas where they think were more useful than in Kanyama.
He said since it was an election period it was important for residents to have electricity so that they are updated on campaigns so that they were not misled by dishonest politicians.
Mr Kyawama complained that they have lost a lot and lagged behind in the last week they were unable to listen to news on both television and radio.
He said he made numerous calls to ZESCO from Saturday to Thursday but received no help or explaination.
Another resident Ms Martha Nondo said ZESCO’s failure to restore power has negatively affected her family because all foodstuffs stored in fridges worth thousands of Kwacha have gone bad.
Ms Nondo said she makes a monthly budget to buy food stuffs and had now lost everything because of ZESCO’s negligence.
“I don’t know where I will get the money to buy food on daily basis. I don’t do any business and I only depend on a salary which is sometimes delayed,” she complained.
She said the cost of living in Zambia was high and the people saved through proper planning and budgeting.
Mr Mukuyamba Zumbo lamented that with just one day before the kick-off of African Cup of Nations (AfCON) tournament he wondered how the residents would watch football if ZESCO remained oblivious to their problem. He said football was an important sport which unified and brought different people from all walks of life to share ideas on political and national events.
Mr Zumbo said since there was no power supply in the area for one week, he would have no option but to go to Kabwata every evening to watch the games.
He knew that moving at night was not safe but stressed that there was nothing he could do since ZESCO had neglected the area.