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PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY TRYMORE MWENDA PF SOUTHERN PROVINCE VICE INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY ON THE BATOKA HYDRO POWER PROJECT

The Patriotic Front-PF-leadership in Southern Province would like to appreciate and commend the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe for launching the Batoka gorge hydro-electric power project scheme implementation process.

The launch which was graced by Her Honour the Vice President Madam, Inonge Wina last week during a high level international investor conference in the tourist capital-Livingstone.

This land mark project expected to produce 2400 megawatts of power is a clear demonstration of the two countries leaders resolve to deal with the power shortage that has had negative economic impact on both countries of late.

We in Southern Province are excited about this power project not just because it is in Southern province, but because of other benefits that will come like jobs for our people, infrastructure development, access to electricity resulting in to reduced deforestation once the project is complete and many other socio-economic benefits that come with a project of this magnitude.

It is for this reason that we are convinced and always say that President Edgar Lungu has a heart for Southern Province in particular and means well for the whole country in general.

For those who may not know the Batoka Hydro power project was mounted in the early 1990s but it is only now under the leadership of President Lungu that it’s implementation has begun, a clear show by the President walking the talk in his desire to end power shortages.

We in Southern Province wish therefore to appeal to the opposition to be magnanimous at times and come out in the open to appreciate initiatives such as this one as opposed to always criticising and engaging in petty politicking this country has a lot to offer if only we can focus our energies on positive things especially that the elections are about four years away.

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