The Senate questions the level of execution of the work of the Katende hydroelectric power plant

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Kinshasa, May 6th, 2022 (CPA).- The Senate, through the oral question with debate by Senator Denis Kambayi Cimbumbu, questioned (again) the execution of the works of the Katende hydroelectric power plant, in Kasaï Central, in a question addressed to the Minister of Water Resources and Electricity, Olivier Mwenze Mukaleng.

The plenary session devoted to it was chaired by the President of the Senate, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo. According to Senator Denis Kambayi, former governor of Central Kasai, the population of this space would like to know in what year they will be able to light the first bulb of the Katende power plant.

Nearly 11 senators intervened in favor of a general debate. The elected representatives of the provinces sought to know in particular the policy or the master plan for the electrification of « our » country. They considered that the government should identify the priority aspects for national development. In this context, some speakers returned to the issue of the construction of mini-dams across the country.

The Minister in charge of Water Resources and Electricity has requested and obtained an extension until next Wednesday to respond to the concerns of senators.

Reminder

According to the financing agreement signed between the DRC and the Indian government on July 11, 2011 in Kananga, the overall cost of the work was set at 280 million US dollars, including 168 million to be disbursed by India, and 112 million dollars by the DRC, we recall.

This plant, located more than 75 km from the city of Kananga, capital of the province, and 130 km from that of Mbuji-Mayi, with a capacity of 64 megawatts, is intended to supply electrical energy to all provinces of the Grand Kasaï space, in particular the provinces of Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental.