Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Kitwe City Council and Mufulira Municipal Council for the implementation of electricity projects.
The focus will be peri-urban areas of Nkana and Chimwemwe Constituencies in Kitwe which appear to be the most populous areas and selected peri-urban areas in Mufulira respectively.
Kitwe Town Clerk, Patrick Kambita and REA Chief Executive Officer, Linus Chanda, signed on behalf of the Council and REA respectively.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Kitwe on Wednesday, Chanda said REA was committed to providing technical expertise that would be required by the Local Authority.
“The institution will actively participate in assessing, costing and developing of Bills of Quantities (BOQs) of the projects and will be available to supervise the project until its completed with the desired cost schedule and quality,” he stated.
Chanda appealed to the leadership in various constituencies that have not signed an MoU with REA to approach the local authority and ensure they sign the MoU.
Meanwhile, Kitwe Mayor, Mpasa Mwaya, said the project would see crucial public infrastructure in peri-urban areas of Nkana and Chimwemwe constituencies electrified.
Mwaya noted the MoUs would result in the electrification of schools, health facilities, police posts and other public institutions in the two constituencies.
Among the projects to be covered under the MoU are the installation of power lines and electrification of Mukuba Secondary School and Mukuba Police Post in Nkana Constituency.
The mayor challenged local authorities to take responsibility and ensure diligent procurement and implementation of the project.
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