Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda has reassured the National Assembly that the government will come up with a short-term solution to the ongoing power crisis within three weeks given by the House to review the Energy and Minerals ministry's budget estimates.
Pinda gave the assurance when responding to a question posed by opposition camp leader Freeman Mbowe regarding preparations being made before the retabling of the budget on August 13, this year, after the House rejected the first budget estimates for the ministry on Monday.
He refuted claims that the government had failed to come up with a lasting solution to the power problem crippling the economy and inconveniencing people in the country.
Mbowe, who is also a member of Parliament for Hai on Chadema ticket, had asked the premier to state why the government was hesitant to form a task force to advise it on the power crisis.
In response, the PM said it was the government's expectation that when the budget estimates are brought to the House for the second time, a systematic plan for solving the problem would be presented.
“We need to have a plan to enable us be certain about availability of power, and this can only be done if we have a plan,” he said, adding:
“I don’t mean that we are not considering of having mid- and long-term plans, but we need to ensure that the nation has power first and now.”