THE remote Mujimanzovu of Mushindamo District in Zambia’s Northwestern Province will soon be connected to the world with the construction of a new 4G mobile network tower.
A place where they hailed some ant hills sacred to access mobile network, will soon join the Gen Zee’s in trying out TickTok moves, communicate via video calls among other benefits.
The 60-meter tower, announced by Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati on Friday will cover a 60-kilometer radius, significantly improving internet access for residents and students.
Prior to this announcement, residents, particularly students, faced significant disadvantages due to poor internet connectivity.
District Administration officer Oscar Mugala highlighted local learners’ struggle to compete with their urban counterparts lacking proper network infrastructure.
Additionally, Mugala called for the construction of road infrastructure as it has also hindered the education board secretary from effectively monitoring schools due to poor road conditions.
Mutati emphasized the government’s commitment to connecting rural areas like Mushindamo, which he called “the least connected district.”
This project marks the first of 19 planned 4G towers for the entire Northwestern Province, with a further 41 existing 2G towers being upgraded.
“You deserve to be connected just like any urban Zambian place,” he declared.
The minister said the new tower promises a range of benefits for the community such as Improved education, enhanced business transactions information sharing and job opportunities.
Mutati said residents will be able to access government services online, reducing the need for travel to major towns such Solwezi which is the nearest.
Brian Kajoba, the son of local chief, Mujimanzovu expressed gratitude for the project and requested job opportunities for locals during construction.
The Construction is expected to begin within the next three months, bringing Mushindamo closer to the digital age and bridging the gap between rural and urban communities.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba February 3, 2024