Itezhi-Tezhi

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Itezhi-Tezhi is a small town in the south west section of the Southern Province of Zambia. It is the seat of the Itezhi-Tezhi District.It lies west of the town of Namwala on the border of the Kafue National Park. On the 6th of February, 2012, President Michael Sata issued a directive to try and move Itezhi-Tezhi from Southern Province to Central Province which was rejected by the people of Southern Province.[1]

Itezhi-Tezhi came into existence when the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam was constructed on the Kafue River in the early 1970s. The dam was created to hold and regulate the water flow in the river for Kafue Gorge Upper Power Station, downstream.

The town's estimated population is 4,000. The largest employer in the town is the electricity company ZESCO. The first employee to settle on the site was an old man employed as a watchman by a company called emplogilo. His name was Mangilasi Sawemba.

References

  1. "Chirundu, Itezhi-tezhi leave S/Province", The Post, 7 February 2012