A revealing statement from ZDA on what is on the menu for future privatisation :
Ms. Margaret Chimanse communications spokeswoman of Zambia Development Agency said the possible sale of Ndola Lime, Zambia’sleading producer of the solvent used in the manufacture of cement and used chiefly by the mines in the Southern African country was not immediate as the company was sourcing for finance to rehabilitate the plant by among other works, replace the old kiln and the hydrator. The funding is coming from DBSA and Afri Exim Bank.
She said that the other companies being considered for options for private sector participation by the government included Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia, Mulobezi Railway, Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia National Building Society. She added that the government was in the process of examining the business model for the power utility, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, known as ZESCO and makes it viable.
More ZAMTEL style battles to come. I suspect we shall see no such actions before 2011. At the very least one hopes that the electorate will pose tough questions to the parties on the future of these parastatals.