Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

1 February 2013

Tanzania: More Tender Applications for Power Connections

Photo: Chris Kirchhoff
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Dodoma — FOLLOWING the decision to reduce power connection charges and costs, the government has started receiving countless power connected application, making it difficult to attend customers in time.

Energy and Minerals Deputy Minister Mr George Simbachawene told the Parliament here that the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and Rural Energy Agency (REA) are currently receiving many applications.

He was responding to a question by Mr Menrad Kigola (Mufindi South, CCM) who reminded the government to sent power to Malangali area as promised by President Jakaya Kikwete in the past.

He said it was not understood why Malangali was not yet connected while it hosted the farm that produces poles used to connect power inviting the Deputy Minister to visit the area and talk to people over the plan.

The Deputy Minister said in response that the Malangali project and President Kikwete's pledge on the same was still intact and that the project will now be implemented in this financial year and scheduled for completion next financial year under rural electrification master programme under implementation.

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