Minister of Energy and Minerals, Sospeter Muhongo, has stated that the third phase of rural electrification is on the cards for Tanzania

Addressing parliament on Tuesday, Muhongo revealed the government’s plans of launching the third phase of rural electricity through the Rural Energy Agency (REA), Daily News reported.

Expansion depends on previous phases

[quote]However, the minister said the expansion could only be implemented after the Rural Energy Agency has presented an implementation report of the first and second phases, which will in turn indicate the roadmap to the third phase.

Muhongo said the report on the REA projects will be discussed at a meeting to be held between the 6th and 7th of February 2016.  During the planned meeting, the minister said various stakeholders will assess the progress registered in the implementation of the rural electrification project.

He disclosed that about 5,900 out of 15,290 villages equivalent to 33% have been connected to electricity through the REA rural electrification projects.

Muhongo said the remaining villages lined up to get power during implementation of the third phase are scheduled to take off soon.

Rural electrification require huge funding

Muhongo encouraged parliamentary members to support government’s initiatives. He said: “It is the government's plan that all villages in the REA [rural electrification] projects get connected to the grid within the specified time.”

Although he declared that the third phase of the project will move alongside the second phase ventures that are near completion, he also mentioned that some of the projects under phase two might not be completed in time due to financial constraints.

“REA projects need a lot of money; they are big projects. We need a big amount of funds from outside the country,” he said.

Responding to claims that some of the contractors, who are reported to be using corrupt tactics and exploiting villagers in order to implement the project, Muhongo said any contractor found to have been involved in corrupt practices will be barred from acquiring a tender to carry out rural electrification schemes.