The Minister of Energy, Mining and Natural Resources Aggrey Massi made the remarks in Parliament in response to questions by members of parliament who wanted their constituencies to be included in the programme.
Massi explained that after the completion of MAREP 8, government realised that there is still more need to connect electricity to other rural areas as numerous members of parliament had requested government to electrify more centers, during the previous meeting of parliament.
Massi said, “After noticing how the programme has benefitted centers and constituencies included in the previous phases, President Professor Peter Mutharika directed that an addition of 200 centers to the original 336 centers be allocated for electrification in MAREP 8 phase.”
He further said the MAREP 8 extension will cover the whole country as per requests from members of parliament.
MAREP 8 was launched in April 2017 with a target of electrifying 336 centers across the county and is aimed at increasing access to electrify rural and peri-urban communities in the country.