Chakol North residents welcome Busia Government’s rural electrification project


Chakol North residents in Teso South  have welcomed the rural electrification project sponsored by the  Busia County Government in collaboration with the Rural Electrification Authority (REA).

The project  which will cover 19 villages across the county  was officially launched on Thursday  by the Chief Officer for Public Works and Energy Moses Weunda  at Ikileng village in Moru Karisa location.

Chakol North MCA Stephen Ekapolon  said  the REA project  is the initiative of the County Government  to bring  development to rural areas.

” Ojaamong’s administration  has   brought development to rural areas. Today we have  roads, water and now electricity is coming. We have no doubts to return the Governor and myself for another term.

There are those who spread propaganda  that we have not done anything. Such prophets of doom should be  discarded,” he said.

Weunda  said  Chakol North, Chakol South,  Busibwabo, Amukura West, Amukura  East, Mayenje, Marachi East,  Nangina and Bunyala South  Wards  will benefit from the first phase of the project which was funded through the Ward Development Fund proposed by their MCAs.

He told Ikileng and Okiporo village residents in Chakol North Ward  that the project will benefit them in  terms of  security and markets  for their products, adding that local labour will be used  by the contractor.

Weunda  said  the project  which will start with pegging exercise will  take one month to completion and  will be available for  use by  about 600 households.

The  contractor  Ben Nyende from REA  thanked the County Government for remembering its people and remove darkness in rural areas.

He told the residents who have planted trees where the lines will pass to cut them . ” We shall also bring materials to the site. He told Apegei Chief  Thaddeus Ikileng  to guard them against theft.”

Ikileng resident  Margaret Akinyi   said electricity will  increase their business, adding that they are currently forced to travel long distances to Lukolis or  Amukura to access nearest markets.

Photos:  Chief Officer for Public Works and Energy Moses Weunda (3rd left)shown power layout diagram by Contractor from Rural Electrification Authority Ben Nyende at Ikileng village in Chakol North Ward on Thursday.

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