Even though Tanzanians benefit from the lowest electricity charges across East Africa, the Tanzania government continues to be devoted to even more reduction to aid wider usage of dependable energy for almost all its people.
Sospeter Muhongo the Minister for Energy and Minerals informed a public rally which was addressed by Mr. Jakaya Kikwete the Tanzania President during the weekend that In Tanzania, an electricity unit is sold at only 16.8 US cents whereas the same goes for 18.5 US and 18 UScents in Uganda and Kenya respectively. Then Rwanda bills 23 US cents per unit
President Kikwete while speaking about the exact subject assured Tanzanians that his government was diligently working to obtain strategies which will further cut down the power charges.
At the moment, Tanzania produces electricity from its hydro-power that has generators powered by diesel as well as gas powered plants. Even so, hydro- power continues to be unreliable whereas diesel plants are expensive to operate.
Energy specialists are as well hopeful that Tanzania will significantly reduce the costs of generation once it changes to natural gas to a bigger extent following the completion of the 542km gas pipeline connecting from Mtwara to the capital Dar es Salaam.
President Kikwete together with Prof. Muhongo was talking at the inauguration of a modern-day bus stand at the Mbinga Township plus a brand-new tarmac road linking Mbinga plus Songea.
This bus stand that has one hundred and twelve business stalls for the entrepreneurs, was built at a total cost of 2.17 billion shillings using a loan acquired from the Local Governments’ Loans Board – LGLB.
The 78km Songea – Mbinga Road was built for 64 billion shillings offered by the Millennium Challenge Account Tanzania – MCA-T, part of the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation – MCC.
Considering the hilly landscape through which the road traverses, implementation of this project took thirty nine months instead of the Twenty seven months which were expected at the start of this project. The project was eventually finished on 7th January.
Throughout the tour of this region, the President as well launched up Mbinga Girls’ Secondary School found in Kingonsera ward. This school was set up this very year with sixty students. It utilizes buildings which were left behind by the contractors who used them during the construction of the Songea-Mbinga Road.
At the same time, the government is yet to finish the building of the 823km Mtwara Corridor Highway connecting to Mbamba Bay found in Ruvuma Region from Mtwara town, the president was informed yesterday. The Tanzania government has announced its plan to build the other 66km from Mbinga to Mbamba Bay to finish all the roads within the Mtwara Corridor project.
Dr John Magufuli the Minister for Works, talking at a public rally that was well attended which was addressed by the Tanzania President Mr. Kikwete, who is on a 6 day tour of this region, said that the Tanzania government is extremely devoted to finish the multi-billion shilling project. He added that the other area of the 832km road have been completed or their construction is ongoing.