North Western, 4th October, 2019,Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has completed its first ever Mini Hydro Power Station set to benefit over 12,000 people at a cost of $8.6 million
North Western, 4th October, 2019,
Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has completed its first ever Mini Hydro Power Station set to benefit over 12,000 people at a cost of $8.6 million

The Rural Electrification Authority has completed its first ever Mini Hydro Power Station in Mwinilunga set to benefit over 12,000 people at a cost of US$8.6 million.

The Kasanjiku project located on the Kasanjiku River in Mwinilunga District in North Western Province is set to improve the quality of life for beneficiaries in Chief Ntambu and Chief Sailunga’s area.

REA Manager Corporate Affairs Justin Mukosa says the Authority is excited to successfully implement an off grid technology project that will alleviate energy poverty in the country.

“We are delighted to complete the construction of the Kasanjiku project because it is going to improve the quality of life for over 12,000 people and also highlight the massive potential that lies in the Northern Region of Zambia for electricity generation using mini hydro technology,” he said.

And REA Director Engineering Services Patrick Mubanga says the project once commissioned will provide electricity throughout the year.

“The power station once energised will be able to supply power to the community throughout the year as the turbines will be supplied with water from the Kasanjiku River which experiences good water supply” Engineer Mubanga said.

The 0.64 mega watts project will electrify 11 schools, one Mission hospital, four Rural Health Centres, one Local Court and one Chief’s Palace.

The project begun in 2016 after a ground breaking ceremony officiated by Vice President of Zambia Inonge Wina.

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    • No, this is not the Zambia we need. Zambians always thinking small in face of huge problems. The entire country is in black out and mulebuta. The thinking now should be dam projects in every province, big enough to supply the whole province or two. Not jokes to pocket money over

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  1. Good question will be who are those who are going to benefit. I have seen Lungu and his officials tar and develop where they and their relatives live while neglecting the greater general population. It will be a great idea if it’s done unconditionally and not selective. We could be screaming good move but the only people benefiting will be their relative and cadres.

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    • THIS IS HOW WITCHCRAFT STARTS.

      HOW DO SOME HUMAN BEINGS FIND IT SO DIFFICULT TO APPRECIATE SMALL THINGS?

      A GOOD THING IS A GOOD THING.

      ITS NOT EVEN TRUE THAT ONLY ROADS WHERE THEY ELC RELATIVES ARE TARED, ITS THE HIGHEST MENTAL DISORDER TO REASON LIKE THAT. IN MY AREA ROADS ARE TARED AND ITS CLEAR A MAJORITY IN THIS AREA ARE NOT PF CADRES OR MEMBERS. MOST OF US ARE REDS
      ..FORWAED BABA!!!!

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  2. MEASURES TO MITIGATE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
    This a good Project by the Rural Electrification Authority. The following measures are proposed to mitigate the effects of CLIMATE CHANGE.
    1. Zambia must capture the available rainfall by allowing rain water to sink down to enrich underground water.
    2. Forestry Department must stop cutting of trees by charcoal burners who often spend the money on beers. A woodland will allow water to sink down and thus offset flooding. Water that sinks will raise water tables and ensure its perennial discharge into streams and river all year round.
    3. Ministry of Agriculture must teach farmers to construct contours or graded ridges on sloppy landscapes so as to conserve soil and capture more than 60% of water to sink into the soil and thus contribute to…

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  3. 3. Ministry of Agriculture must teach farmers to construct contours or graded ridges on sloppy landscapes so as to conserve soil and capture more than 60% of water to sink into the soil and thus contribute to enrich underground water available to wells and boreholes.
    4. GRZ must have the political will to declare charcoal burning ILLEGAL – as has been successfully administered in Zimbabwe.
    5. Let us ensure that woodlands and forests at sources of streams and rivers are strictly protected to the extent of revamping Forestry Guards to be armed like National Parks Officers.
    Hence an integrated approach by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Department is the best way to mitigate effects of CLIMATE CHANGE.

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  4. It’s just because we have heard so many fake stories in the past about this and that development but the real story on the ground is just something else. This is the reason people are not interested in any more fairy tales they just want to see improvement in their lives. Eg after 1st load shedding…this power station and this solar panel farm and this wind farm and this nuclear power station but 2 years later its 12 hours load shedding. Eg when mealimeal went up last time ati this sollar hammer mills and we have enough maize stock to last… now the price is K150. Same story on everything. You can cheat some people some times but not all the people all the times on everything.

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  5. Selective memory here. Charlie Rae, a Mwini born engineer, raised funds and built the first one some years ago near Kalene Hill to power the hospital and surrounding areas, Zengamina. Building started in 2004 and it was completed in 2008 at a cost of about $3m.

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    • It is the first mini hydro CONSTRUCTED BY REA. There have been others such as the Shiwangandu mini hydro, 1MW and the Zengamina, 0.75 MW or 750 KW but they were not constructed by REA. There are several micro hydro less than 100 KW, which have been constructed mostly at missionaries.

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