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Mixed reaction to govt power plan

15th August 2011
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The Minister of Energy and Minerals, William Ngeleja

The government’s power plan endorsed by Parliament on Saturday, has drawn mixed reaction, with some people saying it is viable while others said long term solution was urgently needed.

The Minister of Energy and Minerals, William Ngeleja told the National Assembly that the comprehensive 523 billion/- power rescue package to be implemented between September and December, this year would end power rationing.

Prof Mwesiga Baregu of the St. Augustine University of Tanzania Dar es Salaam, said the government needed to put forward long-term strategies to solve the crisis instead of the short-term strategies in the name of emergency plans.

“The ministry should work out long-term strategies to resolve electricity problems. They should examine the origin of the problem,” he said, adding: “It is normal for the government to do things abruptly, only to realise their consequences when it is too late.”

“I think the government should learn from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who are coming up with long-term projects for generating power for domestic and industrial uses. I don’t know where we (Tanzania) will be, 30 years from now,” questioned Prof. Baregu.

Hassan Thomson, a Dar es Salaam resident wondered whether emergency power rescue plan would be successful, because “the government has the tendency of not providing all the money requested by the ministry for accomplishment of various tasks.”

Mondesa Alloyce said: “I do not know why the government still focuses on short-term plans while there is already enough money that can be used to implement a comprehensive long-term plan,” adding: “I don’t see why the government should continue depending on hired power generators owned by private investors.”

With abundant energy resources available in the country, Ezekiel Mbaga proposed that the government put more efforts in exploiting them to stabilize the power situation.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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