THE Zesco project to electrify Musele and Mukumbi chiefdoms in Kalumbila is nearing completion.
Kalumbila District Commissioner, Robinson Kalota disclosed this to journalists during a site tour of the two projects.
“So far works are about 99 percent in senior Chief Musele’s area, the works in Senior Chief Mukumbi’s area are about 80 percent in completion,” Mr Kalota said.
He emphasised that Government was committed to fostering development in the country regardless of people’s political affiliations.
“Regardless of whether they voted for the President or not, these projects demonstrate that the President wants to develop the country without leaving anyone behind,” Mr Kalota said.
He said other power connectivity projects would be carried out by the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) in Chovwe and Matebo areas whose packaging had already been done.
Mr Kalota cautioned community members to desist from politicising government projects in the district.
And Zesco Regional Manager, Cephas Lungu, said the major challenge of connecting the two chiefdoms was lack of funding.
“The challenge is that we have a lot of projects in the province, now these projects need money. Part of the delay is that we need to procure materials, mainly conductors.
“For us to just finish this stretch from Kalumbila sub-station to Mukumbi, we needed about K24 million just to buy conductors,” he said.
The entire project to connect the two chiefdoms of Musele and Mukumbi would cost about K46 million.
Meanwhile, Ms Sylvia Kapola a resident of Musele chiefdom has thanked government for the power project in the area.
Another resident, Ms Tina Nduba, thanked Government for remembering the people of Musele adding that with power available, fresh food would now be stored properly in refrigerators. – ZANIS