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CTPD Urges Ministry of Energy to Address Zambia’s Energy Crisis 

Amidst Zambia’s ongoing struggle with severe load shedding, the Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) has called upon the Ministry of Energy to break its silence and provide a clear and predictable roadmap to address the challenges facing the energy sector.

The persistent and erratic load shedding has sparked widespread concern among citizens, businesses, and stakeholders alike. 

Isaac Mwaipopo, the Executive Director of CTPD, emphasized the detrimental impact of the energy crisis on daily life and economic activities. 

Households are enduring prolonged power outages, disrupting their quality of life, while businesses, both small and large, are grappling with operational difficulties, leading to economic losses and heightened uncertainty.

In light of these challenges, CTPD stresses the urgency for the Minister of Energy to engage with the public and business community, offering transparent explanations and outlining measures to resolve the crisis sustainably, both in the short and long term. 

Mr. Mwaipopo expressed disappointment at the Ministry’s silence, highlighting the need for clarity regarding the performance of Independent Power Purchase Agreements (IPPAs) signed by ZESCO over the past three years.

The public seeks answers regarding the actualization of these agreements and the tangible benefits accruing to the country. 

Additionally, CTPD has appealed to President Hakainde Hichilema to assess the performance of Cabinet Ministers, emphasizing the importance of leadership that inspires confidence and direction during such challenging times.

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