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Vol 60 No 20

Published 11th October 2019


Failing power

Zambia is on the brink of an energy crisis that threatens to hike tariffs for consumers already feeling the economic hardship caused by the country's rocketing debt service bill. Load shedding is so severe that power cuts of up to 16 hours have hit the capital, Lusaka. The official explanation is drought, causing low water levels at the Kariba dam, a major source of the country's energy. But experts and insiders at state power utility Zesco also blame mismanagement and corruption.

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