Parley seats set for increase-Bill


GOVERNMENT yesterday presented to Parliament a Constitution amendment bill seeking to increase the number of constituencies from the current 150 to 156.

Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula presented the National Assembly Bill number 6 of 2015 which seeks to amend the Constitution of Zambia so as to increase the number of constituencies.

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini referred the bill to the Committee on Legal affairs, Human rights and Governance issues which is required to present a report to Parliament on July 28, 2015.

Meanwhile Dr Matibini urged MPs to be in the forefront of interpreting Government policies and views to people in the simplest manner.

Speaking when he delivered a speech at Parliament building yesterday during Zesco’s presentation on the power deficit the country is currently experiencing, Dr Matibini said MPs acted as a link between Government and the people of Zambia.

He said access to modern energy would foster regional integration and allow countries to attract foreign investment.

Dr Matibini urged MPs to visit their constituencies and encourage their people to venture into alternative sources of energy in light of an unexpected calamity that the country was faced with.

“Without prejudice, there is need for you to visit your constituencies and encourage people to invest in alternative sources of energy. Iam aware that low water levels at the Itezhi- tezhi reservoir and the Kariba are affecting power generation, forcing Zesco to ration an average of 200 megawatts of the total power generated daily,” he said.

And Zesco has said that the utility company had put in place measures to avoid load shedding sensitive places such as hospitals, airports and prisons.

Zesco managing director Victor Mundende said that sometimes it was faulty connections that caused disruptions at these sensitive locations.

He was responding to a question from Bwacha PF Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga who wanted to know measures Zesco had taken to avoid such inconveniences.

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