By Proud Aushi Musamba Mumba
We remind Dora Siliya that lies have short legs, meaning that lies have no legs to stand on, or support them; no support.
To say the same thing in a different way; truth has support while untruth does not. PF government can’t deceive us on this because Zambians are not interested in spin but want electricity restored in their homes.
Dora, Nkhuwa, Ng’andu, Musonda et al, here is a compilation of your lies and their responses from stakeholders:
PF Government lie: No power because one of its two units at Maamba was forced to shut down owing to a technical fault which requires extensive consultations with the equipment supplier.
Maamba Colliery: Not true. ZESCO owes us tens of millions in outstanding bills. They should just settle their arrears and supply will resume.
PF Government lie: Government to pay $20 million to Maamba Collieries Limited for ZESCO Arrears next week, Finance Minister.
PF Government: We have made a deal with Eskom for the supply of electricity. Zambia to import 300 MW power from Eskom for 6 months.
Eskom: No true. We have no such deal with Zambian government. Actually, Zambia still owes us tens of millions for the supply of electricity in 2015/16.
PF Government lie: Zambia is in talks with Eskom to import electricity.
Eskom: Not true! No such talks.
PF government lie: Zambian Government pays Eskom US$ 40 million for power imports-Siliya.
PF government lie: 10 million dollars was paid last week and a 30 million Dollars was transferred to Eskom on Wednesday this week.
Eskom: Fake! We have received no payment from Zambia.
PF government lie: Actually, we are facing financial challenges to complete the $32 million dollars to pay Eskom.
PF government lie: We are sending a delegation to Mozambique to negotiate a new power-purchase agreement.
Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM): we are not aware. Zambia owes us tens of millions of dollars anyway. Pay up!