Mulanje, Government has emphasised the need for every Malawian in the country to have access to electricity.
State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika said this in Mulanje during the launch of phase eight of the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP).
Mutharika said electricity plays a bigger role in enhancing economic development activities hence making sure that every corner of the country has access to electric power.
He said the country had not made huge investments in the energy sector for the past 50 years which has somehow delayed the country’s development highlighting that his government is trying to diversify energy production in the country by bringing in other forms and means of energy.
“Electricity is part of our government’s biggest agenda as we would like to see to it that people, especially in the rural areas have access to electricity to enhance business activities happening in our communities and the country at large,” said Mutharika.
The president also highlighted on other developmental activities happening in the country citing the water projects happening in Mangochi and Mulanje including construction and rehabilitation of several roads in the country citing the Zomba- Jali – Chitakale road.
Professor Mutharika however, made a stern warning to corrupt councillors who take advantage of their positions to award themselves and their friends’ contracts especially in the road construction projects saying they will be dealt with accordingly if found, as his government does not want to have substandard roads constructed in the country.
Speaking at the same function Minister of Natural Resources Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka said a total of 336 trading centres in the country will benefit from the project in the 8th phase alone.
Msaka assured Malawians that blackouts are going to be a thing of the past as electricity generation at Nkula and Kapichira is now in full force after the opening of the barrage floodgates at Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde.
“We reached out to 375 trading centres in phases 1 to 7 but now phase eight has come with a bang as a total of 336 trading centres are going to benefit in one phase alone which will be a great achievement for the country,” explained Msaka.
According to Msaka, the project is targeting each and every district in the country and that a deliberate move has been made to make sure electricity is equally provided in all areas.
The just launched MAREP phase eight project is expected to end towards the end of the year, 2018.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA