The statement was made in the National Assembly yesterday by the Special Seats MP, Leah Komanya (CCM), while asking the government what it is doing to ensure all the villages in the district are connected with electricity.
She also wanted to know the number of villages that were connected with electricity in the 2017/2018 and when the remaining villages will be connected with power.
In a written response, the ministry of Energy said the government through REA is implementing power connection projects whereby 59 villages in Meatu district have been earmarked for connection in the first phase of REA –III.
Until April, 2020, some 12 villages of Dakama, Mwakisandu, Mwalwilo, Mnadani, Tindaburigi, Mwagwila, Itaba, Kisesa, Mwaukoli, Mwakasumbi, Mwanjoro and Bukundi have been connected with 276 customers and 19 transformers installed.
The ministry said the project at Meatu include construction of a 94.1 kilometre of 33 kilovolt power line, construction of 84 kilometres of 0.4 kilovolt electricity line and installation of 42 transformers of 50,100, and 200 kilovolts.
This will connect 1,127 customers at the cost of 5.6 billion/- and is expected to be completed in June, 2020.
The remaining villages will be connected with electricity in the second phase of REA-III, scheduled to start in May, 2020 and end in June, 2021.