Rombo — RESIDENTS in Kilimanjaro Region have been warned against illegal power connection as seven people are reported to have died from such incidents.
Residents, often assisted by people posing as Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) staff, have been causing harm to themselves, their property and other electric power users.
A Tanesco security officer in the region, Mr Alloyce Mndolwa, said those who died were illegally trying to connect power to houses, adding that deaths occurred from April to June, this year.
Mr Mndolwa was speaking to power consumers and stakeholders in Rombo District during a seminar aimed to educate them on safe power use and the dangers associated with it.
He said apart from the seven deaths, 15 people were arrested, 10 of whom had been arraigned charged with different counts. He said Tanesco had decided to employ a participatory approach with its clients so such acts of sabotage should cease.
Tanesco Regional Income Regulating Engineer, Mr Bagabuje Joseph, warned the people against illegal power connection, saying it was dangerous, sometimes fatal, to use shortcuts in power connection.
He said the company discouraged potential clients from dealing with fake company officials 'vishoka,' stressing that those who wish to have power should call at Tanesco offices and follow proper procedures for power connection.
He said illegal connections caused harm to other power users owing to power outage, thus causing damage to household appliances such as fridges, bulbs, radios and television sets.
Customer Service Officer, Ms Grace Kisyombe, urged village executive officers in the region to help Tanesco educate the people against hiring bogus Tanesco employees who promise them that they can facilitate power connection for them.