SOME of Lusaka’s John Laing residents have bemoaned the lack of adherence to the timetable for load shedding by Zesco.
But Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata attributed the situation to regular tripping of lines at the Kanyama substation which is normally congested.
Joshua Kabwe, a resident,complained that the hours that the area was under load shedding were more than those stipulated by Zesco.
“In John Laing, Zesco is load shedding more compared to other residential areas; you will find that we could have no electricity from 06:00 to 20:00hrs. So we are wondering what is happening, and we are so concerned,” he said.
Another resident Nancy Mukolo, who is a saloon owner, said long hours of load shedding was affecting business in the area.
She said people were unable to work because there was no electricity during the day most of the time.
“This is so worrying, especially for us who have saloons and barber shops; we can’t work during the day because there is no power and we don’t have gensets,” Ms Mukolo said.
But Mr Kapata attributed congestion to the regular tripping of lines at the Kanyama substation.
“We are aware of this, as you may be aware, John Laing falls under Kanyama area. Sometimes it gets too congested and trips off, which causes the area to have no power for long hours. So it’s not necessarily load shedding,” he said
Mr. Kapata said the power utility was doing everything possible to address the issue, urging residents to moderate the usage of electricity.