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Businessman spends K78 million for communities’ electricity

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Communities of Nthundu in Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi on Saturday received a perfect new year’s gift when a businessman handed over a four-kilometre long electricity line which he constructed using his personal money amounting to K78 million.

The coming of the power according to locals is likely to open economic activities in the area which is situated about five kilometres south-west of Mangochi Boma.

Speaking during, the handover ceremony Group Village Headman Chipalamawamba said the construction of the electricity line to his area has come at a right time when women were being attacked by thugs when they travel from their homes to Mangochi Township to access maize mills.

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He therefore thanked the businessman Ben Kambulire for responding to their plea to give them electricity after they have tried in vain to plead to government to help them with electricity.

“Our area was considered dead; civil servants assigned to work here were always leaving because there was no electricity in their homes. Our women were being raped because they were travelling during odd hours to access maize mills. But this is now going to change because we will be able to do everything within our area,” Chipalamawamba said.

In his remarks, Kambulire said being a businessman, he felt duty-bound to help reach out to the people. He therefore asked the communities to avoid vandalising electricity materials.

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“I have been in the maize mill business for a long time and I have almost brought electricity in a lot of areas in Mangochi. As a businessman, I wanted to do something that can benefit a lot of people and I thought bringing electricity to rural areas can help them,” Kambulire said.

He has since promised to fund the connection of electricity to churches, mosques and all houses for teachers within the area so as to motivate them.

Kambulire bought all the material and hired Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi personnel to construct the line at a cost.

Councillor for Nthundu Ward Yusufu Kusweje of United Democratic Front (UDF) thanked Kambulire for bringing electricity to the area which he said will help uplift the lives of people.

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