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Electricity will Industrialize rustic Zambia’s, prods Pastor Geoffrey Musonda

Electricity will Industrialize rustic Zambia’s, prods Pastor Geoffrey Musonda

June 12
21:15 2018

By Ashton Kelly Bunda aka (BAK2BAK)

Rural Electrification Authority CEO Pastor Geoffrey Musonda and Non- Governmental Organization Coordinating Council Executive Director Engwase Mwale

WITH barely 900, 000 of the 17 million plus citizenry being connected on the national electric power grind, Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pastor Geoffrey Musonda says industrialisation will develop rustic areas.

Pastor Musonda hods a view that the Rural Electrification Master Plan is key in expanding access to electric power as it focuses on fast tracking electricity infrastructure development rural areas, largely viewed as low density settlements.

Pastor Musonda noted in an interview with the author on the side lines of the Zambia Off-Grid Investors Forum at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka that it is expensive to pass electricity lines to the villages.

“Solar Energy is the best solution for lighting system in the scattered low density settlements and it can be discouraging for entrepreneurs who intend to run hammer mills for grinding mealie meal to improve industrialization in the rural areas,” Pastor Musonda observed.
Pastor Musonda says it is an uphill battle to reach 51 percent access to electricity by 2030 target, thus competing for qualified man power with other electricity companies like ZESCO, Zambia’s  leading power providers.

Ariel Phiri with Henry Kapata

ZESCO Limited Spokesperson, Henry Kapata is on record stating that only 900, 000 citizens have access to electricity.

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