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Zesco to light up more rural areas

KALONDE NYATI, Lusaka
ZESCO Limited is mapping various parts of the rural areas to pave way for a multi-milllion Kwacha light Zambia’ programme aimed at up-scaling provision of electricity.
The mapping exercise, which focuses  particularly on  rural households aimed at determining the number of households requiring to be connected to electricity supply.
Zesco Limited managing director Cyprian Chitundu, who disclosed the development in an interview recently,said Government is currently sourcing finance from various financiers to fund the project, which will stimulate rural development.
“We will map various areas across the country, for example Malole in Northern Province has already been mapped, we will also map the area surrounding Chief Mpenzeni in Chipata.  We want to determine how many households will be electrified,”he said.
“The concept paper has been submitted to the Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, and Government  is looking for financing right now and the project will start once government sources finance,’’he said.
He said electrifying rural areas will stimulate Government’s effort of developing them through the establishment of industrial clusters.
Mr Chitundu said most rural areas have remained under-developed due to lack of electricity and the ‘ light Zambia’ programme will go a long way in achieving rural growth.
He said the power utility remains committed to fostering development through the provision of reliable power supply.
Zesco Limited in partnership with the World Bank electrified 55, 000 households under the “access to electricity for all programme” as part of the company’s commitment to provide electricity to various households across the country.

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