Government says it will soon resume the electrification exercise of chiefs’ palaces in Lufwanyama district in the Copperbelt province.
The electrification exercise is under the Rural Electrification programme.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lufwanyama, Deputy Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Lwipa Puma urged the chiefs not to despair over the stalled electrification exercise.
Dr. Puma said government was currently working on modalities to resume the project.
Dr Puma, who is also Lufwanyama Member of Parliament, said chief Shibuchinga’s palace will be electrified first and then the others will follow in phases.
He said government was committed to improving the standard of living for the people in the rural area through providing electricity.
The Rural Electrification Programme had been halted in Lufwanyama district, a situation that raised anger from the chiefs who complained that palaces for their fellow chiefs in others parts of the country were electrified.