Zambia power problems to linger in 3years

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IMG-20160513-WA0002-The drought-induced

power generation problems

that have hit Zambia will only

be resolved in three years,

President Edgar Lungu said

on Tuesday.

Lungu said poor rainfall in

2015 and early 2016 caused

electricity generation to drop

by 3.3 percent last year. A

further 38.9 percent was

expected in 2016.

“The effects of these

developments are expected to

take long to moderate with

power generation in countries

such as Zambia and

Zimbabwe expected to return

to normal only in three years,” Lungu said at the opening of an

African Development Bank

(AfDB) meeting.

The power deficit has hit

mining and agriculture,

pegging back 2015 economic

growth to 3.2 percent against

a target of 7 percent. Growth

this year is now seen at 3.5

percent, lower than the 7

earlier projected percent,

Lungu said.

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