THE power shortages in Zambia which has led load shedding has raised concerns among students staying in boarding houses in Lusaka, who have appealed to their landlords to buy generators to combat the situation.
They lamented that the continued ZESCO load shedding was affecting their studies significantly.
In an interview Evelyn Hone College Business Administration Second Year student, Malama Mayaya said it was becoming difficult for him to study in the intercity area due to load shedding.
“This is so frustrating for us students living outside campus; because we only have power during the day and that’s the time we are in school. But when we get back home in the evening, its darkness greeting us. This is demoralizing,” he lamented.
Another student from the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Caroline Mulenga urged boarding house landlords to buy generators that could only be used when there was no power. Ms. Mulenga complained that it was unfair that landlords could not buy generators yet they collected a lot of money from the students.
“This is so unfair; we pay a lot of money for these boarding houses, like in my case I am paying K900 per month which is a lot of money and we are about 20 in the house,” she said. Meanwhile, some landlords interviewed said generators were expensive and could not afford them.
Mr James Mwale, a landlord said the rentals that students paid were not enough to buy and sustain a genset.
“These things are run on petro or diesel, which is expensive. Sometimes it’s also difficult to maintain the boarding houses because some students don’t pay on time, so it’s hard on our part as well,” he said.