THE country’s sole electricity supply, Zesco, has commenced the allocation of 100 bonus units each to 480, 000 vulnerable customers’ countrywide.
The bonus units are a form of COVID-19 relief package that will run up to 30 April 2021 and customers that qualify will get their 100 units on the first purchase of each month in addition to the purchase of their monthly units.
And Zesco public relations officer Hazel Zulu said that this is in an effort to ease the economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the most vulnerable commercial and domestic customers.
Ms. Zulu added that it is through this measure that the micro household enterprise will be able to grow their businesses and increase their capacity to pay for their business utility bills and help them to improve their living conditions and their ability to pay for future power consumption.
“The bonus units will be issued to the most vulnerable residential customers who constitute about 460, 000 low consuming customers and 19,000 micro- household enterprises who consume below 200 units. These customers were identified earlier this year following an evaluation of their electricity consumption pattern,” she stated.
Ms. Zulu stated that the free units are not accumulative and cannot be postponed to another month.
However, she emphasized that this is among the three relief packages that Zesco introduced as part of its contribution towards the government’s multi-sectoral approach to ensure the sustainability of the social and economic welfare of the people under the COVID-19 era.
Ms. Zulu withheld the total amount attached to the relief package.
She listed the other packages which include the cancellation of the accumulated fixed charges on 71,000 residential and commercial customers which were implemented in august this year,.
While the other package is temporary suspended due to the 40 percent recovery debt on selected customers whose debt was carried forward after the introduction of the current prepaid metering system that was done in 2006.