When proponents of the electricity tariff increase started pushing the agenda for government to consider importing power from South Africa, we disagreed with the move and warned that such a solution would have the same effects on the economy as not having regular power supply. In making our appeal to government, our concern was that small businesses would close down, while the cost of doing business, even for major industries, would go up. To our shock, Minister of Energy Honourable Mathew Nkhuwa went to Parliament to say increasing tariffs is the only option and those who will not afford to pay should shut their businesses. “This tariff hike will apply across the board, big companies, mining companies…everybody will pay their…...

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