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NKULA REHAB INSPIRES BLANTYRE SENIOR CHIEFS, COUNCILORS

DUMBANI MZALE

Four Senior Chiefs and fourteen Councilors from Blantyre say they feel greatly motivated by the on-going rehabilitation of Nkula A Hydropower Station.

The Senior Chiefs (Kuntaja, Kunthembwe, Kapeni and Chigaru) and the Councilors, under Blantyre District Council, said this after visiting and appreciating the rehabilitation works of the aging power plant last Tuesday (June 12, 2017).

According to the Chiefs, following their visit, they now appreciate strong efforts that MCA-Malawi is putting forward to address the problem of erratic electricity supply in Malawi.

“As senior chiefs from Blantyre, we didn’t know that there is just too much work happening here at Nkula. We have seen ourselves how weed and siltation affect the generation of electricity and as such, this visit will help strengthen our oversight role in sensitizing our subjects on the importance of preventing sedimentation in the Shire River,” said Senior Chief Kuntaja, speaking on behalf of other Chiefs after the tour.

Kuntaja also urged his fellow chiefs to scale up sensitization meetings in areas under their jurisdiction, aimed at reducing sedimentation, while enhancing sustainable management of natural resources in the upper Shire River.

Speaking on behalf of councilors, Blantyre District Council Chairperson Tawanda Tambula of Lunzu Ward thanked MCA-Malawi for organizing the visit, which he said was an eye-opener to all the councilors.

Tambula also revealed that councilors were upset with the magnitude of the works taking place at Nkula which he hoped will help solve electricity problem in Malawi.

Apart from the Senior Chief and the councilors, the tour was also attended by officials from the Blantyre District Council.

MCA-Malawi is implementing the Nkula rehabilitation project as part of the $350.7 million power sector grant to Malawi from the people of the United States of America (USA).

EGENCO Acting Chief Maintenance Engineer Ben Chisuse responds to questions from the vistors

 

MCA M engineer Jede Luka briefs the councilors and the chiefs

 

The Councilors Senior Chief from Blantyre and officials from Blantyre District Council being briefed on safety issues before the tour at Nkula