Kasama man stages lone power protest, to sleep at ZESCO offices


A KASAMA man caused a stir on Monday night when he arrived at the Zesco Limited offices  demanding to spend a night at the premises.

The man did so as a way of protesting the failure by the electricity firm to connect power to his house despite paying seven months ago.

The man who identified himself as Thomas Kabwe of Location Township who had with him a set of beddings was turned away by bewildered Zesco staff that told him the electricity firm did not offer lodging facilities.

Mr Kabwe, however, was adamant that he would be spending the night at the well-lit regional Zesco offices because the offices, unlike his home, had electricity.

Mr Kabwe, who arrived early in the evening by taxi, said his children would arrive later to be part of the unusual protest.

“I have children in grades nine, 11 and 12. They need to study. They will join me here so they can use the electricity here for studying,” he said.

He complained that he had paid the electricity connection fee of close to K1,000 last year in September but seven months down the line, his house was still not electrified.
What apalled him most was the apparent fact that other customers that paid connection fees after him had allegedly been connected already.

An emotional Mr Kabwe also wondered why he had been reduced to pleading for a service he had paid for.

When contacted for a comment, Zesco spokesperson Henry Kapata said the region office did not have such a person in their data base.