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Tanesco Director Directed to Fix Turbines

By By Mary Sanyiwa

Minister of Energy Medard Kalemani has directed Director of the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), Dr Tito Mwinuka, to remain in Mtwara Region for extra three days, while insisting on taking action against a power generation plant manager.

Mr Kalemani said this on Monday September 16 after visiting the plant to view how power was being generated for Lindi and Mtwara regions.

He clarified that the power plant director was supposed to remain in the region to supervise the fixing of two turbines so that residents could enjoy 12 megawatts instead of the current eight megawatts produced by four turbines.

“I admit there has been negligence because these machines were working without spare machines. The situation is akin to driving a car without a spare tire. So, I have directed the Tanesco director that he has to ensure all over the country there must be spares,” said Mr Kalemani.

The minister called upon Tanzanians to stop working out of habit and residents of Lindi and Mtwara regions to understand that the Tanesco director was remaining in the region to help fix the machines to minimise power woes.

The minister added they had placed orders for new two turbines to augment power to 22 megawatts for Lindi and Mtwara regions as currently there was a need for 16 megawatts.

For his part, Mr Mkulungwa Chinumba noted that power supply in the region was not satisfactory due to increased power consumption and the breakdown of the turbines, saying, however, that efforts were being made to fix the machines.

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Come to Ruvuma, We Have Ample Power, Tanesco Appeals to Investors

By The Citizen Reporter

Madaba — Large investors who look at Ruvuma Region as a prospective investment area have been assured of ample power supply by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco).

Tanesco Ruvuma Regional manager, Eng Patrick Lwesya, told team of editors who are touring Tanesco projects in Njombe, Ruvuma and Mtwara regions that upon completion of Makambako-Songea transmission line, Ruvuma Region will be assured of ample power supply.

“People in Ruvuma had been experiencing power shortages but this project, which will connect us to national grid, will give us enough electricity for small,medium as well as large customers,” he said.

Fr his part, the Makambako-Madaba-Songea Power project manager, Eng Didas Lyamuya, said in fact Tanesco hs already starts supplying power to investors.

“We have already constructed a power line to Kabambe Tea factory which is under construction in Njombe Region. We completed the project only two weeks after the former deputy minister for Energy and Minerals (Mr Medard Kalemani – who in the recent Cabinet reshuffle he was named minister for Energy) directed us to make sure that the investor is given enough power,” he said.

Detailing, Eng Lyamuya noted that initially the investor asked for 1MW and Tanesco has already built a power line which will provide that amount f electricity.

“But, should the investor need more than that we will make sure that we give him all power he would need… this project we are undertaking will assure us of enough power,” he said.

Eng Thomas Mhando, who supervises construction of the tea factory owned by Unilever, thanked Tanesco f the gesture noting that they were now undertaking the construction with assurance that they will start production soon after completing the construction.

“Tanesco has indeed completed construction of a power line to this site and we are now sure that once we complete construction of the factory we will start production without delays because we have enough electricity,” he said.

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Tanzania: Come to Ruvuma, We Have Ample Power, Tanesco Appeals to Investors

By The Citizen Reporter

Madaba — Large investors who look at Ruvuma Region as a prospective investment area have been assured of ample power supply by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (Tanesco).

Tanesco Ruvuma Regional manager, Eng Patrick Lwesya, told team of editors who are touring Tanesco projects in Njombe, Ruvuma and Mtwara regions that upon completion of Makambako-Songea transmission line, Ruvuma Region will be assured of ample power supply.

“People in Ruvuma had been experiencing power shortages but this project, which will connect us to national grid, will give us enough electricity for small,medium as well as large customers,” he said.

Fr his part, the Makambako-Madaba-Songea Power project manager, Eng Didas Lyamuya, said in fact Tanesco hs already starts supplying power to investors.

“We have already constructed a power line to Kabambe Tea factory which is under construction in Njombe Region. We completed the project only two weeks after the former deputy minister for Energy and Minerals (Mr Medard Kalemani – who in the recent Cabinet reshuffle he was named minister for Energy) directed us to make sure that the investor is given enough power,” he said.

Detailing, Eng Lyamuya noted that initially the investor asked for 1MW and Tanesco has already built a power line which will provide that amount f electricity.

“But, should the investor need more than that we will make sure that we give him all power he would need… this project we are undertaking will assure us of enough power,” he said.

Eng Thomas Mhando, who supervises construction of the tea factory owned by Unilever, thanked Tanesco f the gesture noting that they were now undertaking the construction with assurance that they will start production soon after completing the construction.

“Tanesco has indeed completed construction of a power line to this site and we are now sure that once we complete construction of the factory we will start production without delays because we have enough electricity,” he said.

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RUBADA ‘Had No Financial Muscle to Undertake Stiegler’s Power Plant’

By Alvar Mwakyusa

IT has now come to light that the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) had proposed way back that the Rufiji Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) did not have the financial muscle to undertake the 2.4bn US dollars Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-power plant.

And just recently, the National Assembly endorsed in its latest session a bill to disband the authority after it came to light that it had outlived its purpose.

The CAG report for financial year 2015/2016 had recommended that the task for executing the ambitious 2,100 hydro-power plant should be put on a public institution such as the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco).

The National Audit Office of Tanzania (NAOT)’s Chief External Auditor, Mr Johannes Kisiri, explained yesterday that RUBADA was cash-strapped and thus unable to oversee implementation of the mega project.

The official made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a one-day training and launching of the fourth edition of summarised CAG reports for 2015/2016 which was attended by journalists and members of the civil society organisations (CSOs).

“In the report, the CAG was categorical that RUBADA had no financial muscle to execute the project and instead other public institutions with capability such as Tanesco should be considered,” he explained.

Speaking in Dodoma recently, Attorney General George Masaju informed the House that the workers and assets of RUBADA would be transferred to other government institutions.

For his part, President John Magufuli has had meetings with Ethiopian officials and local experts in dam construction infrastructure where he expressed his intention to have the hydroelectric project on southeastern Tanzania’s Rufiji River implemented.

The project follows an agreement entered on March 31, 2017 between Dr Magufuli and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, when he came to Tanzania for a two-day State visit.

The Ethiopian leader promised Dr Magufuli to bring dam experts to help the country in the implementation of the project, basing on the fact that Ethiopia had made a commendable step on the country’s power generation.

Shortly thereafter, a delegation of experts led by the Ethiopian Minister for Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Seleshi Bekele, arrived in Tanzania to share experiences with their Tanzanian counterparts.

The Ethiopian minister pointed to the fact that the project will be of great importance in supporting the Tanzanian government’s industrialisation drive.

Dr Bekele said his country was presently generating 4,300 megawatts of electricity from hydro sources, hinting that Addis Ababa envisages 17,000 megawatts by 2020.

Meanwhile, the State owned power utility, Tanesco, owes independent, emergency power producers and other suppliers accumulative debts amounting to staggering 863.48bn/- as of June 30, last year.

The ballooning debts, according to report of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) for fiscal year 2015/2016, is mainly due to the fact that the power utility purchases one unit for 544.65/- from the private producers and sell the same at just 279.35/-.

This translates to a loss of 265.30/- for every unit that Tanesco purchases from the independent and emergency power producers.

University to Tackle Water Woes

By By Zephania Ubwani News@tz.nationmedia.com

In the wake of poor supplies from boreholes due to unfavourable weather, the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) will soon embark on a massive water supply project.

The pan African university, located at Tengeru near Arusha, is seeking Sh300 million to drill water from a recently identified source where surveys indicated has ample water to meet its growing demand.

“We are looking for funds from the government and other supporters so that we can have a new water source that will cater for all our needs,” the vice chancellor, Prof Karoli Njau, told The Citizen last week.

Currently, the six-year-old institution is depending on in campus boreholes for its daily water supplies which, according to the don, could not suffice the growing needs but made worse by intermittent dry spells.

Under the project, water would be pumped from the identified potential source, probably an underground channel from the slopes of Mount Meru, and a huge tank constructed atop a hill near the campus to ease the supply network.

“We need money for this. We don’t have adequate supply of water. We are currently looking for funds,” Prof Njau said on the sidelines of a conference on business and management in emerging markets organized jointly by NM-AIST and the Mzumbe University.

According to him, although the project was still on the drawing board, it already had the blessing of the Pangani Water Basin Authority (PWBA), the water users’ association and the Arumeru District authorities.

Due to the declining water supplies from the boreholes,the institution has been forced to ration water for its daily needs. Each day, the campus attracts about 500 people, being the employees and visitors.

Prof Njau added that the university has also to cope with unreliable supply of electricity and power interruptions and that they have approached the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) over the issue.

The university is spending at least Sh20 million a month for power supply from Tanesco and about Sh25 million for its standby generators which the don regretted was eating into the lean budget of the institution.

He said power interruptions have led to breakdowns of the institution’s research equipment and that they have requested for a separate line of electricity from Tanesco sub stations in Arusha.

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John Magufuli – From Compromise Candidate to ‘Petty Dictator’?

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

analysisBy Nick Branson

Few observers could have predicted the transformation of Dr John Pombe Magufuli from a diligent but low-profile minister into an impulsive and uncompromising head of state. With Magufuli determined to refashion the nation in his own image, Tanzania’s president warrants greater attention.

In July 2015, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) -Tanzania’s “party of the revolution” – faced a dilemma. Having governed the country since independence, CCM grandees were out of touch with the under 35s, which account for 60% of registered voters. An opposition coalition, galvanised around promises to root out corruption and reform the United Republic’s lopsided constitution, posed an unprecedented threat.

Unable to unite behind a presidential candidate ahead of the October 2015 elections, CCM structures rejected the two favourites in the race: Bernard Membe, an ally of outgoing president Jakaya Kikwete, and former prime minister Edward Lowassa, who later defected to the opposition. Instead, the party opted for a consensus candidate, Dr John Magufuli.

A former chemistry teacher who had served in government since 1995, Magufuli’s name was not associated with corruption–a remarkable feat in a party known for attracting individuals seeking lucrative state contracts. The fact that Magufuli lacked his own political base was viewed by many CCM elders as an asset rather than a liability. When Magufuli promised voters an unprecedented anti-corruption drive, alongside investment in infrastructure and industry, doubtless many in the party hierarchy regarded this as mere rhetoric. Such under-estimation will have cost them dearly.

Since his election two years ago, Magufuli has tackled–to different degrees–the vested interests of Tanzanian elites. In an uncompromising move to cut civil service profligacy, the president banned the use of hotels for meetings, cutting off a lucrative source of business for the hospitality sector.

He also placed restrictions on foreign travel, constraining officials’ access to foreign capitals and capital. Government ministries and hospitals found that the president liked to arrive unannounced, “managing by walking about”. Unprecedented and unrealistic demands were made of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), with officials fired for failing to hit their targets and pursue the politically-connected.

It remains unclear whether such reformist zeal is indeed genuine, or merely a calculated ploy to rally supporters and destabilise opponents. It was not until July 2016 that Magufuli became chairman of CCM, but he made immediate plans to overhaul the party’s structures.

The size of the national executive committee was reduced from 380 to 183, and the central committee from 34 to 24, while individuals were barred from holding more than one position. Although undoubtedly bloated, these organs did play an important role in resolving disputes and forging consensus within the party.

The president may be hoping that renewed competition between individuals will distract them from scrutinising his actions, or that those who share his fanaticism are able to advance. He should, however, be alive to the risk that this could embolden “political entrepreneurs” whose declining fortunes are rumoured to be responsible for a surge in the number of non-performing loans. Publicly at least, Magufuli claims to be prepared for the departure of Tanzania’s business elite from the ruling party, arguing that CCM would benefit from greater proximity to the grassroots.

Yet, the president’s gradualist approach to the energy sector, historically the primary source of corruption scandals, indicates that he may be allowing a degree of continuity amid a barrage of change.

The national power company, Tanesco, remains heavily indebted as a result of unaffordable contracts with independent power providers. In any other domain, Magufuli would have ordered for these agreements to be torn up–but he hasn’t. He actually blocked a tariff increase which could have gone some way to easing Tanesco’s burden, claiming that it would undermine his commitment to provide industry with cheap energy. Magufuli’s real motive may, however, be to maintain a lucrative source of rents for the politically connected.

You can read the rest of this article by downloading Issue 42 of our journal Africa in Fact here.

Zanzibar Starts to Pay Power Bill, Spared Blackout

By Beatrice Materu

Zanzibar has started to offset its outstanding debt with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (Tanesco).

Tanzania’s Minister of Energy and minerals Sospeter Mhongo said that Zanzibar had paid some Tsh10 billion ($4,384,230) to the power utility firm and would continue to pay its debt henceforth. Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (Zeco) owed Tanesco Tsh121 billion ($54.1 million).

“With four days left of the 14-day grace period, the Isle residents have been spared a blackout,” said Prof Muhongo in a statement.

Earlier this month, President John Magufuli directed Tanesco to disconnect large defaulters, including the Zanzibar government.

“I am told the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has not paid Tsh121 billion. You (Tanesco) are not politicians… you should stick to your professional obligations…just cut power supply. I’ve said that regardless of whether it’s State House, police, army or schools, no defaulter should be spared. Tanesco is unable to improve services because of unpaid government debts,” said President Magufuli.

Last week, Zanzibar’s Minister of State in the second vice president’s office, Mohammed Aboud said that the matter was being addressed.

“We have already embarked on initiatives to put this issue behind us once and for all. We have also directed Zeco not to accumulate new debt,” said Mr Aboud.

Zanzibari President, Ali Mohamed Shein had argued then that no “serious government” could take such action since the debt had been outstanding for many years.

“The debt has been there for more than 20 years now, ever since I was the Vice President to the Union government. But if power is indeed going to be disconnected then we are ready to go back and use paraffin lamps,” he said.

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Tanzania: Zanzibar Starts to Pay Power Bill, Spared Blackout

By Beatrice Materu

Zanzibar has started to offset its outstanding debt with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd (Tanesco).

Tanzania’s Minister of Energy and minerals Sospeter Mhongo said that Zanzibar had paid some Tsh10 billion ($4,384,230) to the power utility firm and would continue to pay its debt henceforth. Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (Zeco) owed Tanesco Tsh121 billion ($54.1 million).

“With four days left of the 14-day grace period, the Isle residents have been spared a blackout,” said Prof Muhongo in a statement.

Earlier this month, President John Magufuli directed Tanesco to disconnect large defaulters, including the Zanzibar government.

“I am told the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has not paid Tsh121 billion. You (Tanesco) are not politicians… you should stick to your professional obligations…just cut power supply. I’ve said that regardless of whether it’s State House, police, army or schools, no defaulter should be spared. Tanesco is unable to improve services because of unpaid government debts,” said President Magufuli.

Last week, Zanzibar’s Minister of State in the second vice president’s office, Mohammed Aboud said that the matter was being addressed.

“We have already embarked on initiatives to put this issue behind us once and for all. We have also directed Zeco not to accumulate new debt,” said Mr Aboud.

Zanzibari President, Ali Mohamed Shein had argued then that no “serious government” could take such action since the debt had been outstanding for many years.

“The debt has been there for more than 20 years now, ever since I was the Vice President to the Union government. But if power is indeed going to be disconnected then we are ready to go back and use paraffin lamps,” he said.

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Cut Power to Zanzibar, Magufuli Says

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Stone Town in Zanzibar.

By Athuman Mtulya

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli yesterday directed Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) to disconnect power to all defaulters owing huge sums, including the Zanzibar government.

Speaking before laying the foundation stone for a new Tanesco substation in Mtwara, President Magufuli said all public institutions should clear their debts or be disconnected.

He said the Zanzibar government alone, through Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (Zeco), owes Tanesco Sh121 billion.

“Don’t be scared…you should cut supply to any institution which is not paying its bills. I want to tell the Minister (of Energy and Minerals) Prof Sospeter Muhongo) that power should be disconnected even to State House. If I sleep in the dark, then the State House official who didn’t pay the bill will be in for it, not you. You have my assurance on this. Money to clear debts is usually allocated to our ministries but it is instead channelled elsewhere.

“I’m told the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has not paid Sh121 billion. You (Tanesco) are not politicians…you should stick to your professional obligations…just cut power supply. I’ve said that regardless of whether it’s State House, police, army or schools, no defaulter should be spared. Only this way can we ensure that funds allocated to ministries for electricity are used as planned so that Tanesco can survive and deal with the problem of unreliable power. Tanesco is unable to improve services because of unpaid government debts.”

Reached for comment yesterday, the Zanzibar Minister of State in the Second Vice President’s Office, Mr Mohammed Aboud, said plans were underway for Zeco to clear its outstanding debts with Tanesco.

“President Magufuli’s directives are clear. The debt has to be paid and it will be cleared. We have already embarked on initiatives to put this issue behind us once and for all. We have also directed Zeco not to accumulate new debts. The two counterpart ministers recently held meetings on this matter and discussed how the debt will be cleared,” Mr Aboud told The Citizen.

President Magufuli’s directive comes four months after Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) gave the government a six-month ultimatum to pay tens of billions of shillings owed to Tanesco.

The total debt was then Sh125 billion, with Zeco and the Union government owing Sh85 billion and Sh40 billion, respectively.

The then Tanesco managing director, Mr Felchesmi Mramba, told PAC that they needed help in recovering the debts, especially the one owed to Zanzibar, which had been accumulating since 2013.

“The main reason behind the Zanzibar debt is a significant difference in tariffs. Zeco is charging lower tariffs than Tanesco, and this means that they are collecting significantly less than what we charge them. Our tariffs are set by the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, and we hope that tariffs will soon be harmonised now that Zanzibar has established the Zanzibar Utilities Regulatory Authority,” Mr Mramba told the committee.

PAC chairperson Naghenjwa Kaboyoka wanted to know whether the Tanesco management had taken any “serious” initiative to recover the money, including threatening to cut supply to the semi-autonomous archipelago.

Mr Mramba said they had issued such a warning but the matter was then taken up by the government.

The then Treasury Registrar, Mr Lawrence Mafuru, told PAC that Tanesco was doing all in its power to recover the debt, adding that the issue of the Zanzibar debt was already on President Magufuli’s desk.

“I was involved in the submission of the debt report to the highest level of decision making in the country, and I strongly believe that the issue will be resolved soon,” he said.

Govt Power Firm Demotes Three Top Officials

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Tenesco offices.

Dar es Salaam — Three senior Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) managers have been demoted and one has resigned.

Reports of the demotions began circulating at around midday yesterday, and were later confirmed by sources within Tanesco.

Those demoted are Mr Decklan Mhaiki, who was Deputy Managing Director – Transmission, Ms Sophia Mgonja (Deputy Managing Director – Distribution) and Mr Nazir Kachwamba (Deputy Managing Director – Generation).

The three have been transferred to Tanesco Training School.

According to reliable sources within the State-owned firm, Human Resources Director Watson Mwakyusa has resigned.

No official statement had been issued by the utility by the time we went to press, but sources said Mr Abdallah Ikwasa had been appointed Deputy Managing Director – Transmission. Other appointments are Ms Joyce Ngahyoma (Assistant Managing Director – Distribution), Ms Kahitwa Bashaija (Assistant Managing Director – Transmission) and Mr Khalid James (Assistant Managing Director – Investment).

The Citizen contacted Tanesco acting Communications Manager Leila Muhaji, who refused to comment, saying she was in a meeting.

Yesterday’s changes came only three days after President John Magufuli sacked Tanesco Managing Director Felchesmi Mramba and appointed Dr Tito Mwinuka of the University of Dar es Salaam to hold the position in an acting capacity.

No reason was given for Mr Mramba’s removal, which was announced barely a day after Energy and Minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo revoked the 8.5 per cent increase in power charges that was to have come into effect on Sunday. The increase was announced on Friday by the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura).

In an unprecedented decision, Prof Muhongo wrote to Ewura, directing the authority to shelve the planned tariff increase. The letter was copied to Dr Magufuli.

Speaking in Bukoba earlier on Sunday, President Magufuli commended Prof Muhongo for invalidating the new charges.

He told the congregation during New Year’s mass that increasing electricity charges at this time amounted to sabotaging the government’s efforts to industrialise the economy.

Dr Magufuli said neither he nor the Ministry of Energy and Minerals were consulted by Ewura or Tanesco before the now-annulled tariff increase was announced.

“This is unacceptable. We have resolved to create an industrial economy and supply electricity to villages and yet someone somewhere decides to unilaterally increase power charges,” he said.

The decision to revoke the new tariffs has been applauded by ordinary Tanzanians across the country, but some commentators have cautioned that it has undermined Ewura’s independence and set a bad precedent.

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