By Christopher Chisi
Nkeyema Constituency Member of Parliament Kapelelwa Bangweta has doubted government‘s aspirations to connect 80 percent of the population to electricity by 2030.
The National Electrification target is at 91 percent in urban areas and 51 percent in rural areas by 2030.
Bangweta says attaining the National Electrification target is likely to be difficult because most of the households in rural areas especially in Nkeyema constituency are still not yet connected to the national electricity grid.
He told 5fm News that there is need for the Rural Electrification Authority to ensure that connections are not only along the line of rail.
“The wishes of the government to bring electricity are a god good thought but what is on the ground is not supporting because the project is along the road, meaning the schools, the small businesses are not covered. So what we could like to see is that electricity is taken to closer to the people,” He said.
Meanwhile, inadequate funding towards to the Rural Electrification Authority remains a challenge towards stirring rural electrification in the country.