By Michelo Mweemba

The Rural Electrification Authority has embarked on a project to connect public structures to electricity along Lwela –Milambo area in Chembe and Milenge Districts of Luapula Province.

The project worth ZMK7.2 million is meant to light up public structures such as the police, local court, schools, health facilities, Chief’s palaces as well as health posts so as to improve service delivery to the general public.

Rural Electrification Authority Corporate Affairs Manager Justine Mukosa said the Lwela-Milambo Project is part of the 5 years countrywide project that REA is executing from 2018 to 2022 to increase access to electrification in rural areas from 3.1% to about 51% by the year 2030.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS this morning, Mr. Mukosha revealed that the project will cover a distance of 86.5 kilometers from Chembe District into Milenge District and is expected to take about 40 weeks to completion.

He explained that Yengatech Company has already been engaged to erect poles along this stretch with works in progress while the authority is still working on engaging another contractor to service these institutions with internal wiring.

He further explained that the countrywide project is also targeting 22, 000 households and 1000 small and medium enterprises in the selected 9 provinces who will have their houses connected to the electricity grid at a subsidized amount of ZMK250 for households and K769 for SMEs.

Mr. Mukosha also disclosed that this project was arrived at after Government signed a credit contract with the World Bank in order to increase to increase the number of households and public institutions connected to electricity.

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