The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)

15 February 2011

Tanzania: Make Power a Top Priority

editorial

When shall we reach the real turning point in power generation to end the blackouts that continue to torture everybody in this country? This is a persistently painful question that all and sundry ask themselves in Tanzania but a convincing answer is yet to be found.

The current situation is very alarming. In almost every home people have to devise their own ways to cope with darkness because illumination produced by electricity is now listed as a scarce commodity, except for a few well-to-do guys who have private power generators.

A lot has been said about the consequences of power outages on the economy and their concomitant effects on labour, especially in workplaces where operations are done on computer networks. The bottom line is that every institution must offset lost man-hours and revenue. Heavens forbid lives maybe lost as well!

At the time when the whole world is making strides into modernity, it is disappointing to see Tanzania descending into backwardness due to the failure of its government and pertinent institutions to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. The country's image is already tarnished and mere talking about the problem without concrete action will not recover its lost shine.

We believe that there are many areas where the government could cut down unnecessary spending and save money to revamp the country's hydropower generation plants and build new ones if that is its priority.

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