President Rupiah Bwezani Banda wil Monday 5th September 2011 officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Itezhi-Tezhi Power Station.
And president Rupiah Banda is this Tuesday expected to visit Monze to camapign and receive defectors from UPND and PF.
The Itezhi-Tezhi Power Station project is expected to cost US$ 250 million and will be implemented under the Public Private Partnership Framework (PPP) between Zesco and Tata Africa.
President Banda says the project is expected to create almost 450 direct jobs for the people of Itezhi-Tezhi, the surrounding areas and the rest of Zambia.
“This project will help provide reliable power supply in Itezhi-Tezhi, Mumbwa Area, North-Western Province, Western Province and Zambia as a whole. Additionally, through various interconnection transmission lines that will be constructed, power generated at the new power station will be exported to other countries in the region, which will earn Zambia extra revenues,” the President says.
He is happy to inform Zambians that this project will also boost local small, medium and large enterprises such as cement suppliers, steel suppliers and suppliers of other building materials and other services which will be sourced locally.
“The additional spill-overs of this project include the construction of new roads, new houses, new hospitals and new schools and the expansion of the existing ones. This will include the rehabilitation of water and sewerage facilities. Electricity supply infrastructure to the Ittezhi-Tezhi hospital will also be rehabilitated.”
On Saturday 3rd September 2011 President Banda launched a US$1.5 million water treatment plant in Chongwe, financed by the Danish Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, for the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC).
And president Rupiah Banda is this Tuesday expected to visit Monze to drum up support for MMD candidates.
According to highly placed sources in the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy, President Banda is expected also to officially welcome defectors from the UPND and PF in the district.
The defectors will be led by former UPND Monze District chairperson Bbongo Namitondo and former campaign manager for the PF in Bweengwa constituency Twambo Mhango.
“The president will be here (Monze) to hold campaign rallies to drum up support for all the three candidates in the district and at the same time he is going to receive defectors from the UPND and PF and these people are already incorporated into the district campaign team,” said the source.
And a check carried out by the Watchdog in the district found that MMD cadres were preparing for the arrival of President Banda on Tuesday, while posters for Monze central aspiring candidate Dr. Victor Mukonka were also stuck in designated locations.
The cadres were seen at Monze District Commissioner Joyce Nondo’s office doing some final touches ahead of the arrival of President Banda.
The Presidential campaign truck with President Rupiah Banda’s portrait was also found parked at Monze Police Station.
The ruling MMD is fielding Isabel Nanja in Momba, Tsibu Bbuku in Bweengwa and Dr. Victor Mukonka in Monze central constituency.