Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) said it has finalised plans to electrify over 80 trading centers in the phase eight of the program across the country.
According to APA, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Bright Msaka, said Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe that planning of the program has started whereby all materials needed will be procured between September this year and February 2016.
“This is a big project as far as rural electrification is concerned. We want to make sure that all the rural trading centers in the country are connected to power,” he said.
He said government is committed to improving the life of its citizens in rural areas by providing electricity across the country.
Currently, only 9 percent of the Malawians have access to electricity against a population of 16 million.
However, MAREP Phase 8, will begin in March 2016 and completed in March 2017.