Zambia to move ahead with plans to import electrical poles

 

Zambia is moving ahead to import light poles despite public criticism.

There have been calls from the public for the electrical poles to be sourced locally.

Several Zambians have asked the government to fulfil its pre-election promise of uplifting local entrepreneurs and farmers by procuring the treated wooden poles locally.

However, in a statement, Zambia’s Energy Minister, Peter Chibwe noted that it was more “prudent” to procure the poles at factory costs from abroad.

According to him, importing the poles would lead to “serious reduction in cutting down of trees for making charcoal and hence the slowing down of deforestation in Zambia at a time we are facing effects of climate change”.

The Minister added that the poles will help clear 60,000 pending connections through enhanced power distribution.

Zambia is also expected to import insulators, earthing materials, transformers and cables.