GOVERNMENT has ordered the importation of 148 megawatts from a Scottish Ship, Agrrekkor, docked at Mozambique’s Port of Beira.

And Government has set an ecclesiastical and ecumenical theme for the country’s 51st independence anniversary that would see the country lay the foundation for a smart Zambia, finding forgiveness and repentance following the sustained hate speech being perpetrated by a section of society against the leadership of the country and other citizens.

The current power deficit stands at 560 megawatts and with Zesco importing 148 megawatts with effect from today, the power deficit could be reduced to 460 megawatts.

On Sunday, Zesco had imported about 190 megawatts of power into the country most of which would be supplied to the mines which have been hit hard by the shortage to protect production levels and jobs for Zambians.

At its 18th Cabinet meeting held at State House yesterday, Government reviewed the power shortage situation in respect to the presidential interventions spelt out last week and directed Zesco to immediately commence the importation of 148 MW.

Acting Chief Government spokesperson Vincent Mwale told journalists at State House yesterday that it was Government’s desire that the current problems of load shedding should not get worse than what Zambians and industry were already experiencing.

Mr Mwale who was flanked by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the intervention Government was making would make Zambia become the net exporter of power in the next one and half years.

“Cabinet at its 18th meeting reviewed the power situation in respect of the intervention measures that were recently approved. I wish to announce that Zesco will tomorrow (today) start the importation of 148 megawatts of power for commercial purposes. This amount of electricity may not be enough to cushion the current deficit because as you know, the deficit is currently standing at 560 megawatts. In the coming months, the situation is going to get better and it is Government’s desire that this problem does not get worse than what it is,” Mr Mwale said.

And Mr Mwale said Government was concerned that there had been a lot of hate messages against selected citizens in the country  and that it was wish of Government that the 51st independence anniversary was celebrated under the theme: “Laying the foundation for a smart Zambia, finding forgiveness, repentance, compassion and love of God.

Mr Mwale also said Cabinet approved the construction of State prisons on the model of Public, Private Partnership (PPP) in order to ensure the participation of the private sector in infrastructure development.

Government has also approved the introduction of a bill in Parliament to provide for the promotion, control and regulation of the practice of traditional contemporary and alternative practitioners. medicine

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