Dodoma — A SUM of 9.8bn/- has been allocated by government during the current fiscal year to supply electricity to villages in Rufiji District through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the National Assembly was informed.
Responding to a basic question asked by Kibiti MP Abdul Jabir Marombwa (CCM), Deputy Minister in the Vice-President's Office (Environment) Charles Kitwanga said the electrification project will be undertaken by REA in collaboration with Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco).
Mr Kitwanga responded to the question on behalf of the Minister for Energy and Minerals who was not present during yesterday's session of the august House. Villages to benefit from the mega project include Mkola, Mwasemi, Nambunjo Secondary, Jaribu Mpakani, Bungu and Mtawanya B.
Others are Chumbi A, B and C, Kiwanga, Muhoro, Ngalalukula, Kibuga, Ruaruke, Kilale, Mtunda and Muyunyu. According to the Deputy Minister, the project will involve the construction of 174.7km power line of 33 kilovolts, 82km power line of 0.4 kilovolt and installation of 42 transformers.
"Construction will kick off in January next year and is expected to be completed in 24 months," he said. Upon completion, the rural electrification project is expected to connect power to 2,059 new consumers, He said.
The Kibiti MP had wanted to know what plans government has to supply to residents in the district from Somanga Fungu gas-fired power plant. In another development, the Deputy Minister said as of June this year, government set up a 2.18MW diesel-fired power plant at Mafia District.
"The capacity of the plant is far above the demand of 1.3MW for the district with a surplus of 0.88MW," Mr Kitwanga said.
The explanation was prompted by a basic question asked by Special Seats MP, Zaynab Vullu (CCM) who tasked government to explain how prepared it was in fulfilling a pledge of setting a 4MW plant in the district during campaigns ahead of the general elections in 2015.