Chief Chikanta of Kalomo district in Southern Province says President Edgar Lungu deserves commendation for honoring the pledges he made to the people of Dundumwezi when he visited the area last year.
Chief Chikanta said President Lungu has delivered on his promise to erect communication towers and electrify Dundumwezi area, which he says is commendable.
He said the only thing remaining now is to work on the roads which are in a deplorable state.
The traditional leader said the chiefs asked for three things namely communication towers, electricity and roads from the head of state which he said are currently being worked on.
And the traditional leader has expressed happiness over works being carried out on the electricity grid extension project, which has since been commissioned saying the project will improve the economic status of the area.
He noted that people are anxious to see the project take off saying he has been receiving numerous calls from his subjects regarding the project.
Chief Chikanta stated that the people of Dundumwezi appreciate President Edgar Lungu’s developmental agenda.
The traditional leader was speaking when Minister of Energy Matthew Nkhuwa and the delegation from the Rural Electrification Authority called on him at the palace during their tour of the grid extension power project site after the handover of the project to the contractor for implementation.
The chief asked the Minister to consider extending the power line 11 more kilometers to reach the only secondary schools in the area, Jonathan Sim-Chikanta School which was initially not in the plan for electrification.
The Minister of Energy Mathew Nkhuwa assured the chief that the request would be taken into consideration.
Mr. Nkhuwa said government had in the past borrowed money to do projects that would benefit its people across the country adding that the people of Dundumwezi were not an exception.
He said the people of Dundumwezi will not only benefit from the use of electricity but will also gain employment during project implementation.