KIREHE – The Kirehe District mayor has said plans are under way to extend power to a number of villages and trading centres in the district which are still not connected to the electric grid.
Due to lack of power in many areas, some people had resorted to the use of generators, which is more expensive than power sourced from the grid.
According to Mayor, Protais Murayira, electric poles have already been erected and the process of making the connection is at an advanced stage.
The project is being implemented by a Germany NGO known as SAG in conjunction with Akagera Global Services.
Talking to The New Times on Tuesday, Murayira, said lack of electricity was an impediment to the district’s development.
“We are greatly challenged by lack of electricity…you know productivity is hampered by lack of cheap sources of power,” he said.
Residents in Nyakarambi, Rwanteru towns welcomed the development, saying it would change life in the villages.
Students from Kirehe towns and villages said that power supply will improve their academic performance, since they will be able to study at night.
“It is a big challenge for us to study especially during the time of examination. We face a lot of problems, our revision ends during day time, yet it is normally better to study at night, when the temperatures are favourable,” said Richard Habimana, a student at Nyakarambi School.