NGO helps with electrification

powerMUTARE A local NGO has said it will strengthen the rural electrification programme to guarantee most areas have access to energy and power.

This came out at a meeting held in Mutare West constituency last week organized by Rural Development Projects Centre (RDPC). The rural community in Mutare West said since the programme was launched some years ago by the Zanu (PF) government, a number of some areas still do not have electricity.

Martin Jambaya, the Projects Manager for RDPC, said the non-availability of electricity in some rural communities had stalled the implementation of developmental projects such as improving access to information communication technology by the rural population.

There is great need for the country to improve its energy supplies and explore other alternatives. We have a number of projects that we want to embark on but we have been suspending them as a result on non availability of electricity, he said

A lot of places in rural areas are without electricity. This year we are going to work closely with government in our efforts to electrify the rural communities, he added. Jambaya said it was sad to note that most rural schools were not electrified, while children were expected to be computer literate.

The rural electrification programme must be intensified to ensure it reaches its targeted beneficiaries, he added. The people of Mutare West have urged the government and relevant stakeholders to also explore and exploit other alternative sources of energy such as solar to address power shortages.

We have a lot of NGOs who are willing to establish various programmes in this area, but the non availability of electricity has forced the NGOs to abandon some of their projects. However, I would like to thank RDPC who have decided to work with the government and local leadership to bring electricity to our area, said Lovemore Gotora a local MDC-T councillor.

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