Monday, 30 May 2016


VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s visit to Arda Jotsholo Estate last week proved to be a blessing for Lupane State University (LSU) as he facilitated for the institution to immediately get a transformer after learning of its power challenges. 

University authorities have since said the VP’s intervention will speed up the relocation of the university from Bulawayo to its campus in Matabeleland North. VP Mnangagwa was told about LSU’s transformer problem while touring Arda Jotsholo Estate last Thursday and immediately facilitated for the institution to get one.

The VP said when visiting Arda Estates he travels with Ministers whose portfolios are strategic to the agriculture sector such as the Minister of Energy and Power Development Samuel Undenge. This is meant to address community challenges.
A short time after LSU Vice Chancellor Professor Pardon Kuipa had interacted with the VP’s delegation, the transformer issue had been resolved. “Exactly 10 minutes after LSU’s Vice Chancellor told us of the transformer challenge, the transformer issue has been solved. The Minister of Energy is here. I’m sure he’ll assist you with the transformer,” said VP Mnagangwa.

Minister Undenge responded positively and directed Zesa’s Southern region manager Engineer Lovemore Chinaka to provide the institution with the transformer. “That has been taken care of. We’ve the Southern region Zesa manager here, he will get you the transformer,” said Minister Undenge.

Engineer Chinaka nodded in agreement with his boss. In an interview on the sidelines of the VP’s tour, Kuipa said the university had been struggling to get a transformer and thanked the government for its intervention.

“The electricity issue was hindering our relocation. We couldn’t take the students from an electrified area just to introduce them to candle lights. The transformer will make our relocation easier,” he said. The university was expected to relocate to its Lupane Campus in January but missed the deadline owing to resource constraints. chronicle


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