REA applauded for electrifying rural areas


Government has applauded the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) for its efforts in trying to bring development to North-western province. 

North-Western Province Minister, Nathaniel Mubukwanu said government appreciates the role that REA has played by constructing Kasanjiko mini hydro power station in Mwinilunga district which has contributed to the development of the district. 

Mr Mubukwanu said this in Solwezi today when a team from the Rural Electrification Authority board paid a courtesy call on him at his office.  

“The upgrading of the Kasanjiko hydro power station will help attract investors to Mwinilunga district”, he said. 

The Minister added that upgrading of the hydro power station shows that the Patriotic Front (PF) government cares for its people. 

He said the hospitals in Mwinilunga are now functioning fully and various tests are being carried out on patients without any difficulties due to the availability of power. 

Mr Mubukwanu said in 2013, only three districts in the province were connected to the National Grid but currently all the 11 districts of the province are connected an indication that the Patriotic Front government is working.  

And Rural Electrification Authority Board Chairman, Johnstone Chanda said his team was in the province to appreciate the Kasanjiko mini hydro power station which will be ready for commissioning before the end of June, this year. 

Mr Chanda said the Kasanjiko hydro power plant will help improve the livelihood of the local people by boosting their businesses as well as access to improved health care. 

The board Chairman has also appreciated the provincial administration for supporting the projects that REA is under talking in the province. 

Various projects have been implemented by REA in Northwestern provincial among them the Kipushi border post, connection of various chiefs palaces, among others.