A few years ago, President Edgar Lungu undertook a trip to China where he clinched a deal with the Chinese government to install several Solar powered hammermills. The Patriotic Front went agog saying the installation of the hammer mills will reduce the prices of Mealie Meal to K35.
Indeed several Solar powered hammer mills were installed especially in PF stronghold. However, very few of these hammer mills are operational. The reason is simple. Those hammer mills are supposed to have Solar batteries. The Chinese aid was just for Hammer Mills and not batteries because they wanted the Zambian government to be buying batteries from China.
We are reliably informed that actually the batteries cost more than the Hammer Mills. These batteries are produced from our Mangenese. Anyway what we are told is that a contract to supply batteries was awarded to Mr. Valden Findlay who is reported to be a close associate to President Lungu. He was actually single sourced.
Information is that Mr. Findlay was paid in advance but he has not delivered the Solar batteries. Now with extended Loadshedding, expect Ubunga to reach ” 2 Zali” (K200). Happy Dununa Reverse.