PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said that his Government will borrow and spend money to bring development to people in various parts of the country.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has commissioned the US$52 million Lunzua power project in Mpulungu to supply electricity to the area.
President Lungu said, when he addressed people in Mpulungu yesterday that it was not a waste of money if it was going towards development that would benefit the people.
Mr Lungu said he had no problems with borrowing money to bring development to the people both in rural and urban parts of Zambia.
“I will not borrow to buy me a suit but I will borrow to develop Zambia,” President Lungu said.
He said Government’s aim is to improve the living standards of people anywhere in Zambia regardless of whether they are in Mpulungu or Lusaka.
President Lungu said he was overjoyed to see the Lunzua hydro power project completed.
The Lunzua hydro power project is a Zesco and Government project worth $52 million on Lunzua River in Mpulungu which involved decommissioning the existing 0.75 megawatts plant and upgrading it to 14.8 megawatts.
President Lungu urged Zesco to ensure that the plant first served the villages, clinics and schools in the area.
He said Zesco should provide rural Zambians with affordable power and with the help of Government, take electricity to all rural areas.
Zesco acting managing director Victor Mundende said the commissioned power plant will serve Mbala, Mpulungu and Kasama.
Mr Mundende said the project is part of the power plants upgrade in the Northern circuit to increase power by 100 megawatts.
Senior Chief Zombe said he was grateful to Government for the power plant.
The representative of the plant construction company, China National Electrical Company, Wu dong Mei, said she was looking forward to future projects in Zambia.
CREDIT : TOZ