martin dinha.jpgMashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister, Advocate Martin Dinha, says through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), government has electrified more than 6 000 rural institutions countrywide.

In a speech read on his behalf at the switch- on ceremony of electricity at Rukainga Village in Musana, Advocate Dinha said REA’s mandate is to economically empower and improve the livelihoods of rural communities through the provision of energy.

He encouraged rural communities to access funding under the Electricity- end- user Infrastructure Development Programme which seeks to promote productive use of electricity in rural areas, thereby creating sustainable incomes.

Advocate Dinha said the programme enables rural communities to acquire electrical equipment such as agro-processing machines with the loans expected to be repaid through proceeds from business ventures.

Nineteen families under the Rukainga Group Scheme had their houses electricfied by REA having paid 40 % of the total cost with government subsidising the remainder.