Salima District Council says it targets to light up 37 centres under the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep) Phase Eight across the district.
District commissioner (DC) Charles Mwawembe said the centres to benefit from the project are those with the potential to uplift the rural dwellers.
He said this at Chinguluwe in Salima during the official switching of Marep Phase Eight in the Central Region.
The DC said Salima as a district with a stable agriculture base requires sound technological advancements for both communication and electrified mechanisation.
“This electricity will improve people’s livelihoods. That is why we want more communities to have electricity as soon as possible,” said Mwawembe.
He urged community members in connected areas to ensure that they apply for the utility.
In his remarks, district council chairperson Evasoni Mpayani thanked government for considering Salima in the programme, saying it is in line with the council’s plans of graduating into a municipality in the near future. The district has already connected the eight centres.
President Peter Mutharika launched Marep Phase Eight in April last year.