IRATE Kawama KCC residents in Kitwe yesterday protested at the Zesco regional offices in Buchi over the delay by the electricity company to connect electricity to their township.
The residents, who came in three buses and one canter truck, said they had decided to protest at Zesco’s regional offices because the electricity company had taken more than two years to connect power to their township despite paying all the money needed.
The residents, who were led by Steven Kamponge, labelled Zesco as a group of liars and carried placards with inscription saying; “Jubilee 50 years of independence in darkness”.
“We have paid all the money needed to connect the power to Kawama KCC, but Zesco has failed to connect the power to our township. It is now three years from the time we were told that Zesco will switch on, our township, but nothing has happened, hence our protests today.
“It is really sad that we are celebrating Independence Jubilee in darkness.
With this kind of situation, the morale of celebrating Jubilee is very low because people think no one cares about them,” said the residents.
But, a senior Zesco official who was identified as Zulu pleaded with the residents to give the company time, while assuring them that works to connect Kawama KCC would start today.
He said the works to connect power to Kawama KCC had been delayed due to the long tender procedures in acquiring cables, but assured the residents’ that works would start today to connect power to the township.
“Long tender procedures had contributed to the delay to connect power to Kawama KCC, but am assuring you that we shall start works today,” a Mr Zulu said.
After being addressed by Zesco officials, the residents left the regional offices, while warning them that if they do not connect power to the township, they would come back to set the offices ablaze.
The protest by Kawama KCC residents over electricity comes barely two days after Wusakile and Chamboli township residents rioted over erratic water supply in their areas.
The protest over erratic water supply and no supply of electricity are coming barely few days before the Independence Jubilee.