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The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has announced that 58 villages in Arusha region will be connected to power under a rural electrification project.

This announcement was made by regional manager Gasper Msigwa during the unveiling of the Sh9.3 billion ($3.9 million) project at Mbuyuni village last week.

According to the Citizen, the Tanesco official said the entire project would electrify at least 6,409 households and that the feasibility study on actual implementation has commenced.

Unveiling the project, which is being executed by the Rural Energy Agency (REA), the minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani called on Tanesco to speed up the power connection for households, which have paid the required charges.

Kalemani directed the national power utility to ensure connection is done within seven days for electricity consumers who have paid and that disciplinary action should be taken against technicians who delayed the connections.

"There had been complaints that such connections have been delayed for up to two months. This must stop," he ordered the Tanesco staff.

The energy minister also reiterated his call that connection charges should remain at Sh27,000 ($11.981) for each household, warning that legal action would be taken for dishonest staff who raise the charges.

Meanwhile, Arusha regional commissioner Mrisho Gambo called on the villagers to protect the power infrastructure from vandalism, enabling them to benefit from electricity connection.

Besides lighting homes, rural electrification that is being spearheaded by REA, is aimed to create employment for the jobless youths through setting up small-scale industries and processing facilities. Read more: World Bank-IFC initiative promotes solar off-grid lighting in Tanzania

Tanzania rural electrification programme

REA announced last week that it is seeking eligible firms to express their interest in providing consulting services for Reviewing Feasibility Study.

The objective of the assignment is to improve the efficiency of the Tanzania Rural Electrification Programme by providing the needed assistance to REA and TANESCO in carrying out the grid extension program including its overall management and supervision.

The deadline for the submission of the express their interest has been slated for 6th April 2018.

For more information on the tender details, click here.