Zambia: Luangeni Reaps From Economic Boom in Constituency

ZAMBIA is under-going some advancements in Zambia infrastructure development in certain parts of Zambia.

The accelerated economic development can only be attributed to the prudent management of Zambia's resources under the leadership of President Michael Sata within one year being in leadership.

One good example is the official launch of the Link Zambia 8000 project which is expected to gobble about K27 trillion in road projects in the next five years.

Notable among the achievements recorded in recent months is the construction and up-grading of infrastructure such as schools, clinics including the up-grading of several projects. Chipata District being the provincial headquarters of Eastern Province has had its own share from the national cake. The district being the hub of the province has proved to be one of the fastest growing towns in Zambia due to its busy agro- based economy.

The border town of Chipata is divided into four constituencies namely Chipata Central, Luangeni, Kasenengwa and Chipangali.

But out of the four constituencies, Luangeni can be described as being more rural because of the geographical

terrain where it is situated. Slowly but surely, the constituency has seen gigantic economic spill-overs from the tremendous economic activities that have taken place in the province since the election of Charles Zulu as area Member of Parliament (MP).

Luckily he was among the deputy ministers appointed by President Sata to serve in the Patriotic Front (PF) Government immediately after the party took over from MMD which suffered a humiliating defeat in 2011.

During the official opening of the second session of the 11th National Assembly 2012, President Sata said his Government regrets to note that the country continues to experience load-shedding which has disrupted many economic activities and peoples' normal way of life.

In this regard, the head of State said his Government has prioritised the implementation of projects aimed at increasing the national generation capacity of electricity as well as promoting energy efficiency.

"These measures will enable us meet the upswing in demand caused by increased economic activities to ensure reliability and quality of supply of electricity in our country, particularly in Northern, Muchinga, Luapula and Eastern provinces," he said.

The Government recently commissioned the construction of the 330 kilo volts Pensulo-Kasama transmission line and the 330 kilo volts.These developments will ensure that the energy sector plays its /meaningful role in national economic development.

Recently Government through the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) awarded a K10. 1 billion to two electricity firms for the electrification of projects in Luangeni Constituency.

The Government has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yengatech Enterprise Limited at a cost of K7.1 billion for the electrification of Jerusalem area another contract awarded to Plinth Technical Works who were given a contract worth K3 billion for the electrification of Chikando area.

The two companies were given a contract for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of electricity grid extension lines and transformers under the selected rural areas of Zambia project.

REA senior environmental officer, Christopher Chisense said at the official hand-over of a modern market constructed at Lulaka Village of Msupazi area by the parliamentarian that the Government through REA awarded the contract to the companies recently who have already moved to the site.

Mr Chisense said the two companies were given the contracts to electrify Jerusalem Basic School, Jerusalem Rural Health Centre, Nyakalungu Basic School, Chief Maguya's Palace, Mtande Basic School, Champhande Rural Health Centre, Saili Basic School and Saili Palace in Jerusalem area.

He said the works involves construction of 37000 m 11 volts over-head line from an existing line from Msupazi.

Mr Chisense said the 11 KV line would be constructed using 12 m wood poles with ceramic post insulators for intermediate poles and silicon strain insulators for terminal , section and through angle poles structures.

He said the project involving Chikando area would include the electrification of Chikando Basic School and Chikando Rural Health Centre.

Mr Chisense said the works involved the construction of 12 kilometre 33KV overhead line from an existing line from Chief Nzamane.

"The 33 Kv line will be constructed using 12 m wood poles with ceramic post, insulators for intermediate poles and silicon composite strain insulators for terminal section and through- angle poles structures,

conductor size of 50 mm aluminium conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) and 7/2.6 mm steel aerial earth, 'Mr Chisense said. .

Recently power was lit up at Katandala Clinic which had been running without electricity for several years.

Mr Zulu who is also Energy and Water Development Deputy Minister said he was delighted to see that the electrification programme had started earnestly in the constituency He said that this shows that the government of President Sata was implementing and fulfilling the campaign promises.

Mr Zulu said this money had already been made available for improvement of hand pump boreholes into solar piped water. He said he was proud to work with the current Government because of its sound economic projects.

Mr Zulu said he would work together with the Government, the local people in Luangeni constituency including other partners in development in order to fulfill the campaign promises of his political party.

Since he became member of Parliament, he has paid visits to his constituency to check on on-going development projects.

Mr Zulu said he would foster development in the constituency by ensuring that more infrastructure was built during his tenure of office.

"I have been working in Luangeni Constituency with the people and I am fully aware of the problems the people are facing," he said.

He said K600 million had also been made available for improvement of hand pump boreholes which was providing solar piped water.

Mr Zulu said Feni and Mashanga villages had been given K300 million each for commencing the project.

"Government is changing hand pump boreholes into piped water. At the moment K600 million had been provided to Feni and Mashanga villages re spectively in order for each to get K300 million for the project," he said.

Mr Zulu said he would work together with the Government, the local people in Luangeni Constituency including other partners in ensuring that development takes centre stage in most activities in the community.

"I want to deliver in my constituency that is why I am always touring Luangeni," he said.

The Government recognises the need to intensify efforts in closing the development gap between rural and urban areas and create opportunities to achieve sustainable development through economic growth and diversification, social development and environmental protection.

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