President Edgar Lungu says Government is in the process of separating energy and mining sectors which are currently under the Ministry of Mining, Energy and Water Development.
President Lungu said this in Mfuwe when Zesco managing director, Cyprus Chitundu, called on the President to brief him on the performance oF the power utility firm in the last two years
He observed that there was a conflict of interest in that both energy and mines were under the same ministry and at variance on tariff matters and that Government would soon separate the two departments.
The President said that Government would facilitate the enactment of laws that would help Zesco enhance its operations and advised the company to present a proposal on what pieces of legislation could be amended for the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General to ponder and seek the way forward.
“In fact, we are in the season of legislation amendment starting from February 24 when we get to Parliament,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Lungu advised Zesco to establish what type of housing in a village set-up could be ideal for electrification as it connected 16,000 houses under the rural electrification project.
Mr Chitundu appealed to President Lungu to allow his company to enforce commercial agreements and enable it recover its unsettled US $ 110million from Konkola Copper Mines (KCM).
He said KCM was adamant to pay the outstanding electricity bills and called on Government to allow the power utility to enforce the agreement against mining companies which did not pay their electricity bills.
Mr Chitundu said his company’s revenue base had been affected due to failure by some mining companies to settle their electricity bills.
He noted that some developmental agreements that were meant to attract foreign investments were working against the commercial interests of Zesco.