Tanzanian citizens can look forward to further electricity tariff cuts as government stays committed to reducing prices to facilitate wider access to reliable power.

“In Tanzania, a unit of electricity is sold at 16.8 US cents while the same is old for 18 and 18.5 US cents in Kenya and Uganda, respectively. Rwanda charges 23 US cents,” announced Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo at a public rally addressed by Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete.

President Kikwete had affirmed that government was working feverishly to chart strategies to decrease power charges.

Tanzania’s current electricity supply in generated from hydro-power which remains unreliable, gas-fired plants and diesel powered generators, which are expensive to operate.

Energy experts are optimistic about drastically reducing generation costs, when the country begins to shift towards natural gas , once the 542-km gas pipeline from Mtwara to Dar es Salaam is complete.

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