9 February 2013

Tanzania: Tanesco's Billing System Still Inefficient

Photo: Chris Kirchhoff
Electricity pylons.

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT has announced it will deploy experts to investigate the root cause of the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) failing to detect irregularities in the bills sent to customers in some areas of the country.

Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Mr Stephen Masele admitted in the Parliament yesterday that the experts will investigate on the increasingly consumer concerns over disparities surrounding the company's billing system. "Normally all the bills are centralised at TANESCO headquarters and all tariffs are applicable countrywide but we will carry more investigation to find out on the billing irregularities," he said.

Mr Masele was responding to a supplementary question from Ms Mariam Msabaha (Special seat, CUF) who wanted to know when the problem will come to an end. Earlier, responding to a principal question from Ms Moza Abeid Said (special seat CUF) who wanted to know government strategies to supply power to a number of wards in Kondoa District, Mr Masele said the government was looking for funds to connect power in many districts countrywide.

He said 23 villages in Kondoa District will be supplied with power through Turnkey Projects phase II undertaken by the Rural Energy Agency (REA) which will cost 20.6bn/-. He said the process for securing contractors has been announced since December last year and the construction of infrastructure is expected to be completed within two years from now.

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