SEVERAL customers owe Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), Kilimanjaro regional office a total of 18.9bn/- in unpaid electricity bills as of September this year, a report submitted to Regional Commissioner Leonidas Gama has revealed.
The report said that outstanding unpaid bills amounting to 12.9bn/- had not been settled by customers based in the municipality of Moshi while the remaining 6bn/- was for customers located in Siha, Hai, Rombo, Mwanga and Same districts.
Other unpaid bills emanated from Moshi Rural District and other institutions. To add insult to injury, the regional Tanesco office has also suffered a loss of 132,750,000/-. The money has been spent on new equipment following vandalism and thefts.
The vandalism and theft incidents were rampant in Hai, Rombo and Moshi districts. The report said that the loss did not include actual wastage in electricity and repair costs for 2011/2012 financial year. The report added that aging infrastructure was one of the challenges facing Tanesco in the region as the current infrastructure was dilapidated.
Shortage of working tools, such as motor vehicles, was another teething challenge. The regional office has only one motor vehicle for emergency services. According to the report, the shortage has affected the performance of the company.
On electricity development projects, the report said, Tanesco is currently working on 71 electricity projects. A further 11 projects are under the sponsorship of the Rural Electricity Agency. Six more projects are under Japan International Cooperation Agency.