Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says it is committed to ensuring that the country’s rural areas are transformed through the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep).
The minister responsible, Aggrey Masi, said this on Saturday at Kanyimbi Trading Centre in Senior Chief Tengani in Nsanje during the switching on of Kanyimbi Power Line under Marep 8.
He said through Marep 8, government has electrified about 336 areas nationwide.
“In the areas where the connection has already been done, people’s lives have really changed for the better,” said Masi.
Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila, who is Nsanje Central legislator, said people in the constituency, especially women, were experiencing many challenges due to lack of electricity.
“Women have been walking long distances to access maize mills because there was no electricity. Now, women will be accessing maize mills within reach,” he said.
Kasaila urged local leaders and communities to take care of the facilities so that they last long.
Speaking on behalf of Senior Chief Tengani, group village head Kawa applauded government for bringing electricity to the area.
“Today, we are happy with the switching on of the power line. We cannot believe what has been done today.
“We thank government for this development. We expect more developments as a result of availability of electricity,” he said.