Sunday, May 26, 2013

REA plans to decentralise its operations countrywide
By Gift Chanda in Katete
Fri 24 May 2013, 14:00 CAT

THE Rural Electrification Authority plans to decentralise its operations countrywide in bid to efficiently improve access to electricity, says managing director Geoffrey Musonda.

And the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) says works on the Matunga electrification project in Katete, which would see over 3,000 households benefit once the four schools and two health centres in the area are connected to the national grid, are on schedule.

Speaking after touring the project, Musonda disclosed that the authority planned to open offices in all the provincial centres by next year.

He said the authority was targeting opennig at least three offices before the end of this year, of which one of them would be opened in Eastern Province, because of the many projects currently under way.
Musonda explained that having people at district level employed by the REA on a full-time basis would enhance the efficiency of the authority in monitoring construction works.

On the Matunga electrification project construction works, Musonda expressed happiness on what had been done so far, saying works should be completed in time by June.

The Matunga project involves construction of a 26.4-kilometre 33 kilovolts overhead power line from an existing line from Azele substation in a bid to electrify Walumbwe, Matunga, Gaveni, and Nyembe basic schools as well as Gaveni and Nyembe rural health centres.

"From what we have assessed, the project in terms of implementation is on schedule and we are very hopeful that the contractor will be able to complete the project on time. The rainy season had a toll on the rate of implementation but we are satisfied with the way they have moved," said Musonda. "We are also satisfied with the quality of the material being used. Some of the material has been purchased locally and the workmanship looks good so far."

The Matunga project, which is being undertaken at a total cost of KR9 million, is among the 21 grid extension projects REA signed off in November last year.

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