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Rural electrification programme on course

Story by Mercy Bofu-Matinha

GOVERNMENT’S rural electrification programme is positively impacting communities, with Masvingo North Resettlement Area being the latest to benefit.

The electrification of public institutions such as Zvido Primary School in Masvingo North resettlement area under the Rural Electrification Fund has brought joy to the community.

Villagers reckon the development is a step in the right direction in terms of improving agricultural production, access to ICTs and health delivery.

“We are happy that the government has remembered us in the rural resettlement, now our schools are electrified and this will ensure that our children have access to ICTs hence bridging the gap between rural and urban schools,” said a villager.

“Through this programme we are looking forward to enhanced agriculture activities again we will be able to connect electricity to our homes,” said another.

Area legislator Honourable Brian Mudhumi stressed the Second Republic’s vision of inclusive development through access to critical social services.

“Many of our areas have benefited from government’s development programmes and the electrification programme is a milestone towards changing the face of this area. Many are into agriculture and definitely the programme will enhance their farming initiatives,” he noted.

Rural Electrification Fund Public Relations and Marketing Executive Mr Johannes Nyamayedenga confirmed that the programme will be taken to all parts of the country.

“As Rural Electrification Fund our mandate is to rapidly and equitably ensure we provide modern energy services in all the rural areas of Zimbabwe for economic empowerment of villagers and general development of rural Zimbabwe. We are extending the grid network and mounting solar systems in areas which are unlikely to get grid electricity in the foreseeable future to fulfill President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mantra of leaving no one and no place behind.”

In line with the National Energy Policy (NEP) launched in 2012, government has been on a drive to connect rural communities and institutions to the national grid, while also promoting the use of solar energy.

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