By Flavior Kanungo
FORMER Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Board Chairperson Johnstone Chikwanda says the proposed allocation of K 743,578,629 to the Authority in the 2023 national budget will improve access to electricity among rural communities.
Dr Chikwanda recalls that this is the first time since 2003 that such a significant amount is being allocated towards rural electrification.
He is hopeful that increased allocation will accelerate the electrification of more rural growth centres.
Government has continued implementing the Rural Electrification Master Plan which targets to electrify 1,217 rural growth centres by 2030. So far, 525 rural growth centres, representing 43.1 percent have been electrified.