Lusaka, 19 March, 2022 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Zambia has said that the State-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) has a big role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Bishop Raymond Mpezele who was speaking to the Diocese of Livingstone-based Radio Maria Musi-O-Tunya said trees, which play a big role in the climate are mostly cut down by the poor preferring to use charcoal instead of electrical ways of cooking due to high fuel prices.
“Trees are cut down for charcoal for poor people who are unable to pay for electricity for cooking purposes. Electricity for cooking purposes should be made available to greatly reduce reliance on Charcoal,” the Bishop Emeritus of Zambia’s Livingstone Diocese said Thursday, March 17.
He added, “ZESCO should seriously consider having a low and fixed electricity tariff for compounds and rural areas where the majority are poor.”
“People of Zambia should be assisted to stop cutting down trees on a large scale for the purpose of making charcoal and timber businesses,” said Bishop Mpezele.