magetsi ekhaya.jpgThe Rural Electrification Agency REA says it requires US$35 million to complete unfinished electrification programmes most of which where abandoned in 2008 and 2009 due to financial constraints.

 

 

 The Rural Electrification Agency programme which is a government initiative meant to decentralise development from urban to rural areas has failed to achieve desired results owing to economic constraints. REA Board Chairman Mr. Jerry Gotora said projects will resume as revenue inflows continue to improve.  

 

Mr. Gotora said most of the rural electrification projects are lagging by 3 years and the Agency has embarked on a wide range of activities to beef up the programme for the benefit of the public adding that the completion of the projects in the country’s rural areas will help to empower communities to start income generating projects.

The unfinished projects are expected to be completed at the end of next year with a view to start new projects as soon as the old ones are complete.

 

However the Agency has been criticized for neglecting some of their equipment such as electricity poles, cables and transformers which have been lying idle in some rural areas in the last three years.

 

The rural electrification programme will help to decongest urban areas as industry and other social amenities will be readily available in rural areas and in the long run it will help curb the rural urban migration.