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By KETRA KALUNGA in Chitambo

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has completed the electrification of Chitambo which is expected to benefit a population of 46, 000 people.

Chitambo REA project which was implemented in June last year at about K4 million, was completed in April this year.

The project would cater for commercial and residential plots that Chitambo Town Council advertised to the public and 40 housing units to be constructed by the National Pensions Scheme Authority in the area.

At the centre of this project also is the US$25 million cassava milling plant to be completed in December this year which would boost the social and economic status of the district.

REA director engineering, Patrick Mubanga, said the authority was, however, having challenges to connect power to some infrastructure projects under some line ministries because internal wiring had not been done yet.  

Speaking during an inspection of the completed projects on Monday, Mr Mubanga said the Chitambo grid project included the electrification of the Muchinka Rural Health Hentre and primary school and Chitambo Central Business District currently under construction.

Mr Mubanga said REA would engage the Ministries of Health and Education to ensure internal wiring was done so that power which had been brought to the district at a high cost was connected for the benefit of the people.

And speaking earlier, special assistant for project monitoring and implementation,  at State House, Andrew Chela expressed disappointment at some line ministries for failing to ensure internal wiring was done at public institutions that were earmarked for electrification.

 ā€œIā€™m concerned that eight months after project was completed, they are still talking about internal wiring which are basic things,ā€ said Mr Chela.

Chitambo district commissioner, Catherine Kunda, said the Chitambo Rural Electrification project would increase productivity and add value to the economic growth of the district.

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