The electrification of the 152 district capitals of Mozambique was completed last Friday with the connection of Luabo, in the central province of Zambézia, to the national electricity grid, an official from state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique (EdM) reported.
Cláudio Dambe, who is responsible for the rural electrification project, told daily newspaper Noticias that on Thursday, the capital of the district of Doa had been connected to the national electricity grid.
The connection to Doa in Tete province, Dambe said, involved the construction of a 160-kilometre power transmission line from the mining town of Moatize in Tete province.
In the case of Luabo, 76 kilometres of high-voltage transmission line were built from the district of Mopeia.
The electrification of all district capitals was a project of the former government of President Armando Guebuza, and was practically completed by the end of his second term in 2014.
However, the Mozambican parliament approved a proposed law with a new administrative division adding another 14 districts, bringing the total number to the current 152.
Some of the new districts were already electrified, but Derre, Mulevale, Luabo and Doa were not, so Electricidade de Moçambique had to draw up a new project to cover the new districts.