Zambia: Delayed Electrification of School, Clinic Irks Minister

DELAYED electrification of a clinic and school in Chingola has irked Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Yamfwa Mukanga.

Mr Mukanga said he was disappointed with the slow pace of electrification of Kalilo Basic School and Kalilo Health Centre in Luano.

The minister said this on Saturday after inspecting the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) project at Luano Two in Chingola

"Our people need to get the service as soon as possible because this project is almost done; what is needed is to just do wiring in the classrooms. As far as I am concerned, we have not achieved anything, it is like we are spending money on things that are not benefiting the people," he said.

Mr Mukanga said he was disappointed that priority to electrify Luano Two was given to Kalilo Basic School headmaster's house and the in-charge at Kalilo Health Centre at the expense of the needy people.

He said transformers should be taken to the area because Government promised to address challenges facing the people.

"I am not happy with what you people here have done, you decided to put electricity in the headmaster's house and the boss at the clinic which is not necessary," he said.

Mr Mukanga said internal wiring of the school and clinic were supposed to have been done by now and wondered what the problem was.

"This project is for the children in schools and clinics, Government did not bring electricity for the headmaster or clinical officer. It is pointless to have a line coming to the school and then the majority of the people do not have access to it," he said.

He said the internal wiring should have been done by the Ministry of Health and Education because they were the beneficiaries.

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