2 April 2014

Tanzania: Improve Services, Revenue Collection, Shein Tells Zeco

Zanzibar — PRESIDENT Ali Mohammed Shein has directed the Zanzibar Electricity Company (ZECO) to improve its services and strengthen revenue collection from its customers.

"Be tough on bill payments and collection of debts. All your customers including my office (State House) must pay bills. Short of that, disconnect power," said Shein when inaugurating power in Ukunjwi Village, north Pemba.

He said that ZECO is responsible for providing best services alongside curbing bill evasion and people connecting electricity illegally should be arrested and charged.

Shein said that electricity is now prerequisite for development and that people need power supply all the time. "Make sure that both public and private institutions pay their debts.

You have been doing well in your services, but avoid unverified bills to the people," said Shein as he reminded ZECO also to pay TANESCO its debts.

ZECO get electricity from the National Grid through Dar es Salaam - 100 megawatts for Unguja Islands, and 20 megawatts for Pemba through Tanga.

Electricity was first brought to Zanzibar in 1888, but still has no its source of power. Shein said the government has been working around the clock to look for alternative power production, possibly solar, and wind.

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