We’ll solve energy crisis – Siliya

Government is working hard to ensure that the energy crisis in the country does not worsen, Energy and Water Development Minister Dora Siliya has assured.

She said Government was under pressure to maintain the current electricity levels and ensure that the situation did not degenerate.

Ms Siliya was speaking during a stakeholders meeting held at Kansanshi hotel in Solwezi recently.

She said the energy crisis cannot be blamed on anyone as the situation had been caused by natural phenomena and increased national demand.

Ms Siliya noted that while other sectors such as the mining industry and other industries have been expanding, the energy sector had remained the same with little investment.

“Unfortunately this demand has been exacerbated by continued low rainfall and lack of investment in the energy sector.

“It is therefore unfair to blame the crisis on any one or any particular party because no single party has been in power for the last 40 years; shall we blame the PF, UNIP or is it MMD?” she asked.

Ms Siliya said rumours being peddled by certain individuals that load shedding was caused by faulty machinery bought by the Patriotic Front government were untrue.

She said Zambians should consider investing in the energy sector to supplement Government efforts.

“We understand that it is hard for Zambians to invest at the moment due to the current economic hardships,” Ms. Siliya said. She however noted that Zambians should take keen interest and take advantage of the opportunity open to them.