Tanzania Sacks Head Of Electricity Company For Raising Power Tariff
Tanzanian President John Magufuli is looking ahead to provide electricity to 75 percent of the population by 2025, up from the current 40 percent. To keep his oath firm and implemented he sacked Sunday head of the state-run electricity company Felchesmi Mramba.
Magufuli said, “It’s unacceptable that while we are making plans to build manufacturing industries and ensure more citizens have access to electricity… someone else uses his position to increase power tariffs.”
The president came to power last year in October and since then has suspended many public officials to curb corruption in the country.
He appointed Tito Esau, state-run University of Dar es Salaam, as acting manager of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO).
Earlier TANESCO had sought loan from the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and commercial lenders.
The power company is running in loss and urged the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to allow hike of 18.19 percent tariff to clear debts to independent power producers and fuel suppliers.
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