Monday, 16 August 2010

Mwanza residents criticize Tanesco for high charges

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Sheilla Sezzy, Mwanza

Mwanza City residents have criticised the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) behavior of raising electricity tariffs annually, but without improving its services.

Offering their views during a meeting organised by the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (Ewura) on Friday on Tanesco’s request to raise electricity tariffs by 34.6 per cent, Mr Amon Magembe said while only 14 per cent of Tanzanians are currently connected to the national electricity grid, the majority are left out because they cannot afford the costs.

“If Tanesco raises power tariffs by that percentage, it will discourage the many Tanzanians who are poor, to connect electricity to their houses,” he said.

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