Power cut angers Zambians

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One of the fans, Jeff Mwale, told Zambia’s Post newspaper that the demonstrations were against failure by Zambian National Broadcast Corporation to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations matches and the Zesco power outages, similar to those currently being experienced throughout South Africa.

Angry fans who were unable to watch Zambia’s 3-0 Group C victory in Kumasi, uprooted the traffic lights on the junction of Great North and Lumumba roads near Mandevu compound before setting them on fire, while some angered fans were still chanting slogans.

“The ZNBC has failed to show us the Africa Cup and we are trying to watch the games with our friends who have satellite dishes and now Zesco is also failing to give us electricity.

“That is why we are angry. As you can see, people have now started stoning buses and destroying things,” Mwale said.

Other residents complained that Zesco was quick to restore power in selected areas while most compounds remained in the dark.

ZNBC public relations manager Miriam Tonga confirmed that the corporation would not air the Africa Cup matches because it had failed to pay the broadcast licence holders.

“We appeal to soccer fans to be calm. At the moment we have tried to get permission so that we can televise Zambia's game only but even that has not been possible. As soon as we have found sponsors, we will get back to you,” said Tonga.

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