ZESCO spends K8.9 m to resettle displaced villagers

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ZESCO has spent over K8.9 million on a resettlement scheme for the displaced families in Hachipilika village in chief Sinadabwe’s area, Siavonga district.

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ZESCO Spokesperson Henry Kapata said his company had built 13 modern housing units for the affected families who in 2013 relocated to pave way for the construction of the 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower hydro power station.

In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Kapata said ZESCO has also upgraded the Hachipilika basic school, built a clinic and three staff houses under the resettlement scheme.

Mr. Kapata further said the Kafue Gorge lower resettlement scheme has greatly improved the living conditions of the people in the area who entirely depended on fishing and farming as their source livelihood.

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He said the 25 displaced families had built their make shift houses close to the Kafue river where the 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower hydro power station will be built.

Mr. Kapata explained 13 families chose to go back to Hachipilika village which is their place of origin located about 30 kilometres from the project site while the other 12 chose to relocate to different places within and outside Siavonga district. ZANIS

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