By Etambuyu Katota

Energy Expert BORNFACE ZULU says the proposed removal of customs duty on equipment and other products needed for geothermal activities will promote the use of clean energy in the country.

Finance and National Planning Minister SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE has proposed for the removal of exercise duty on geothermal equipment, machinery and other goods in the 2024 National Budget.

Mr. ZULU says government has in the past made several pronouncements towards sustainable renewable energy which is being seen through such interventions.

He says the removal of the customs duty will create avenues for job creation in the renewable energy sector.

Mr. ZULU says this will also encourage the establishment of Infrastructure as he expects the number of geothermal projects to increase.

Speaking to ZNBC News in a telephone interview, Mr. ZULU said geothermal energy will enhance sustainable energy sources and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

And in a separate interview, the Centre for Environmental Justice -CEJ -said the proposed removal of customs duty on geothermal equipment will lead to the adoption of alternative energy sources.

Meanwhile CEJ- Acting Head of Programmes HAGGAI NYAMBE has asked government to set up an Environmental Court of Appeal.

Mr. NYAMBE said environmentalists are looking forward to a fast track court to swiftly deal with issues such as compensation and environmental protection.

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