Samfya Rural electrification project completed

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Works on the 44.8 kilometre Chipango to Twingi electricity grid extension project in Samfya district on which KR11 million was spent have been completed and the contractor is demobilizing following the commissioning of the line by ZESCO.

And two foreign envoys have pledged their country’s continued support towards initiatives that the government of Zambia will undertake with a view to uplift the well-being of disadvantaged communities.

The Chipango to Twingi ‘Samfya one’ project which was under the Rural Electricity Authority(REA) saw the erection of poles and construction of the line as well as creation of employment for locals during the close to a year long undertaking by Chamb Investments.

Speaking during a courtesy call on Samfya District Administration, Swedish Embassy First Secretary Lars Karlsson and his Japanese counterpart Yoshitaba Shiroto  said they were in the district to get acquainted with the ‘Samfya one’ project and the ‘Mpanta Mini Solar project’ a pilot project and first of its kind in Zambia.

The Mpanta Mini grid Solar project is a KR 7.4 million worth project currently under construction by Powerlink with a view to independently generate and supply power to the local community at Mpanta.

Mr Kalsson said feedback from the community over the benefits or challenges of such projects is an important parameter in the overall evaluation of the value chain of the socio-economic impact of their

He said it was the wish of donors to see the benefit of such projects which will transform the well-being of a community in any area.

And the Japanese Embassy First Secretary reiterated his country’s’ continued cooperation with Zambia in its quest for development.

And thanking the delegation led by REA Corporate Affairs Manager Justine Mukosa, Samfya District Administrative Officer James Mulenga said the district would greatly benefit from the two projects as the local economy and socio benefits derived from the two projects would be of great significance.

Mr Mulenga said health facilities and schools like the Twinge high school were now powered up and thus translates into an improvement in terms of services and quality of education offered for the community there.

And Bangweulu area Member of Parliament Chifita Matafwali said he appreciates the continued efforts by some donors supporting Zambia despite of austerity measures in their local economies cutting on some of their budgets and expenditures.

The Bangweulu area member of parliament said his constituency is going to transform activities such as fishing which would now yield more value for traders and fishermen owing to business opportunities in
refrigeration facilities which have been nonexistent.

But REA Corporate Affairs Manager Justine Mukosa implored the district administration to urge would be beneficiaries in the area to complete internal wiring of their buildings to fulfil the benefit of
extending or taking electricity to the project areas.

During the tour of the project sites, a head teacher of Twingi High school told ZANIS in an interview that the learning facility would now avail its pupils an opportunity to study at night, a situation he described to go a long way in improving the pupils academic performance.