Meriwether Foundation, a South African entity, has expressed interest to set up a solar power plant in Mukuni chiefdom in Kazungula District of Southern Province at a cost of more than US$250 million.Senior Chief Mukuni said Meriwether Foundation had been given about 250 hectares of land in his chiefdom to set up the solar energy plant with a capacity to generate about 100 megawatts.
He said once all logistics were completed, the plant was expected to come on board next year and would feed into the main Zesco grid.
Senior Chief Mukuni was speaking on Tuesday afternoon when a delegation led by United States Ambassadors to Zambia and Zimbabwe, Mark Storella and Bruce Wharton, respectively, paid a courtesy call on him and his co-ruler Anna Siloka Bedyango.
“Just today I met the people trying the solar power plant in Mukuni chiefdom. We have just given them land and they will soon start processing their title deeds,” he said.
Senior Chief Mukuni said the project would be useful to the chiefdom which he noted had a lot of sunshine required to generate power.
And in a separate interview, Meriwether Foundation co-founder and President Nomvimbi Meriwether said the project would be beneficial to the local people.
Ms. Meriwether said the foundation had been given land in Zimba’s Manyemunyemu area for a rural health center.
|Fast facts for Livingstone’s solar plant:|
|Cost||Approx. US$250 Million|
|Energy it will generate||100 Megawatts|
|Area of land||250 hectares|
|Expected to be completed||2014|
Meriwether Foundation also has a health center in Livingstone’s Nottie Broadie area and employs 11 workers who include a doctor and a nurse.
“We normally attend to poor and malnourished children from Libuyu, Dambwa and Sakubita among other Livingstone townships,” she said.
Meanwhile, Senior Chief Mukuni said Zambia has unique traditions to sell to the outside world.
“We have 73 tribes and each tribe holds an annual traditional ceremony which makes Zambia unique as other countries only have few ceremonies,” he said.
He said this year’s Bene Mukuni Traditional Ceremony would take place during the period of the United Nations World Tourism Organization general assembly in August to enable delegates to explore the ceremony.
By: Andrew Miti
Date: 22 May 2013