Major players in the Tanzanian energy sector including the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and the Rural Energy Agency (REA) have seen some reshuffles in their management teams. These were at the behest of the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan.
According to a press release issued by the Directorate of the Presidential Communications, President Samia has appointed Omar Issa as the TANESCO Board Chairman and named Maharage Chande as the new Managing Director of the power utility.
Prior to their appointment, Issa was the Chief Executive Officer of the President’s Delivery Bureau (PDB), while Chande was the Regional Director for East and West Africa for MultiChoice Africa. Chanda will be taking over from Dr Tito Mwinuka.
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The Head of State also appointed Michael Minja as the new Commissioner of Petroleum and Gas in the Ministry of Energy. Prior to his new appointment, Minja was the Director-General of the Tanzania International Petroleum Reserves Limited (TIPER).
President Samia has also named Felschemi Mramba as a Commissioner of Power and Renewable Energy in the Ministry of Energy.
Before his current appointment, Mramba who once served as the Managing Director of TANESCO and was the Chief Technical Advisor of the utility’s training school.
In another development, the President also appointed Hassan Said as Director-General of Rural Energy Agency (REA), taking over from Amos Maganga.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Ambassador Hussein Kattanga has transferred five senior officials of TANESCO to the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance. The transferred officials will be assigned other duties.
According to the statement, the management reshuffle is all part of the government’s efforts to enhance the performance of the power utility.