Senior chief Kanongesha of the Lunda people in Mwinilunga district of North-western province has commended government for embarking on rural national electricity grid project to benefit his palace.
The Ministry of Energy and Water Development has engaged Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) to connect Mwinilunga district to Kamapanda area.
Senior Chief Kanongesha’s palace is situated in Lwawu area 50 kilometres away from Mwinilunga Boma.
He told Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview today that the efforts of government were now bearing fruit.
“My palace will soon be connected to the national grid and I commend government for this development,” he said.
The traditional ruler noted that the people of Mwinilunga district felt neglected in the past.
Energy Minister Dora Siliya recently told parliament that government has spent US$163 million on the electrification project that will connect North-western province to the national electricity grid.
This connection will replace the diesel powered thermal stations in North-western and Lukulu district in Western province.
Areas that will be connected to the national electricity grid are Mwinilunga, Mufumbwe, Kabompo, Zambezi, Mumbezhi, Chavuma and Lukulu.
When these areas are connected to the national grid, ZESCO will save US$8 million which it currently spends on diesel generators powering the province.
Meanwhile, senior chief Kanongesha has appealed to government to consider putting up more communication towers in his chiefdom in order to strengthen mobile phone signals.
He said that there were few towers in his area hence the need for the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) to erect more communication masts.
He said people in his chiefdom are forced to climb trees in order to make a call.
But Minister of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga said government will engage ZICTA to construct over 300 communication 2G and 3G towers in order to improve telecommunication services in the country.