SADC bloc speaks on the Inga dam project  

By ZBC Reporter

THE 51st Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum which ended in Malawi on Friday resolved that the construction of Inga dam is one way of addressing energy deficiency challenges in the region.

Parliamentarians who attended the forum which took place from the 11th to the 15th of this month in Malawi are convinced that the US$80 billion Grand Inga Hydropower Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo has the potential to improve energy self-sufficiency levels in the SADC region.

Zimbabwe was represented by a six member delegation led by Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda who highlighted the major deliberations of the meeting.

We had a very successful SADC PF Assembly and the theme was to look on energy deficit in the SADC area and see how we can leverage on increasing the supply. One resolution was the construction of Inga dam, hence we believe that our head of states will work together in reducing the energy deficit. We also looked at issues to do with the democratisation of our institutions and observance of human rights,” he said.

The Inga Dam Project also has  the capacity to generate over 42 000 megawatts when fully completed.

The Plenary Assembly is the highest decision making body of the SADC parliamentary forum.