65 more constituencies to enjoy electrification, as govt moves to check rural-urban migration


The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has announced extension of its rural electrification project to include 65 more constituencies, bringing the total to 152.

REA Executive Officer, Linus Chanda, announced that this initiative encompassed 152 rural electrification projects nationwide, each valued at K1 million.

Speaking during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between REA and 65 town councils in Lusaka on Thursday, Chanda urged local authorities to promptly identify and confirm project sites to prevent development delays.

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“REA can only move and implement projects at the speed that the local authorities move,” he added.

Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Gary Nkombo, said this development would create opportunities for rural communities, reducing the need for residents to move to urban areas to access electricity.

“If you have electricity, you can have running water. Today, this equity is being transferred to the rural areas of our country,” Nkombo said.

He added that the government would collaborate with REA to identify additional areas in need of electrification.

“We are going to work collaboratively with the Ministry of Energy and REA to ensure that we achieve this dream,” Nkombo stated.

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