Maamba power plant to end perpetual load shedding – Scott
Sinazongwe, May 15, ZANIS ——-Vice President Guy Scott says the 600 mega watt Maamba coal thermal power plant under construction at Maamba Colliers Limited (MCL) in Sinanzongwe district will end infamous load shedding currently being experienced in the mines and other households in the district.
Dr Scott says the private sector should not wait for the government to intervene as they can also plays a pivotal role in the economic development of the country if they utilized the private public partnership (PPP) in sectors such as energy among others.
Dr. Scott reiterated that the PF government is geared and determined to drive the economy forward with the involvement of the private sector through the PPP.
The Vice President was speaking during the free medical care services held at Maamba Primary School organized by MCL where he commended MCL for supplementing government efforts in the energy sector and investing U$D750 million towards the plant.
Dr Scott said development in the country under the PPP arrangement can bear fruit when the private sector supplements government efforts thereby benefiting the local people in communities where the investors are found.
And Dr Scott has assured the people of Southern province that the Bottom road which existed since the Welensky era and did not have any facelift under UNIP and the MMD governments will be tarred under the PF government which has just been in government within a short period of time.
The Vice President who was in the area paid a courtesy call on Senior chief Sinazongwe and thereafter toured the coal mine.
He disclosed that a named contractor would be allocated the tender next week because the PF government and its leadership knows how to govern the people well and has got passion to serve the people of Zambia.
He urged the people of Sinazongwe and the country as a whole to rally behind the PF government if development was to flourish.
He urged the people of Sinazongwe to support area MP Richwell Siamunene so that they can see development as their MP is a serving Deputy Minister in the PF government despite being an opposition member.
And MCL has donated a KR20,000 cheque to the Ministers’ Wives Club toward the health care services.
MCL Resident Doctor Ashwin Devineni who handed over the cheque said the club has been instrumental in alleviating the sufferings of women country-wide.
Dr Devineni who reiterated MCL’s social responsibility in the education sector also donated 250 blankets to Maamba Hospital with a bed space of 180 patients but caters for over 120,000 people in the area.
Dr Scott’s wife, Charlotte who received the donation on behalf of the Club thanked MCL for the gesture aimed at improving the livelihood of the people.
Mrs Scott said people in communities feel good and they have got hope when investors come and invest in their areas.
The Vice President who was in Sinazongwe district has since returned to Lusaka for other national duties.