Kairuki happy with investment pace of power poles manufacturing firm

27Jun 2020
Correspondent
Iringa
The Guardian
Kairuki happy with investment pace of power poles manufacturing firm

​​​​​​​MINISTER of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Investments) Angellah Kairuki has expressed her pleasure on the pace of investment by Qwihaya General Enterprises Company Ltd that makes power poles in the country’s various regions including Kigoma Region.

She also appealed to other stakeholders to concentrate their efforts in Kigoma Region instead of investing in Dar es Salaam and other regions that are easily accessible.

She said Kigoma Region is situated in the country’s periphery thereby spurning many would be investors to establish factories therein due to the distance, but Qwihaya General Enterprises Company Ltd established factories in Kigoma, Njombe and Iringa regions, the move that should be hailed.

She added that the plan by the company to establish a factory for making chemicals for treating power poles will be the first of its kind in the country, as currently there is no such factory in the country.

Speaking of challenges of road infrastructures of Mgololo-Mufindi Road, she said already Tanzania Roads Agency (TANROADS) in Iringa Region have conducted feasibility studies of the road and work will be done any time from now.

Qwihaya Managing Director Leonard maheda said the factory was established in 2007 as a saw milling factory and started making power poles in 2015 following President Magufuli’s call for industrial development and even went as far as abolishing the importation of power poles.

He said the factory has a capacity to make 800,000 power poles per year and they own three such factories in the country.

Earlier, presenting the company’s performance report to Minister Kairuki, the manager of Qwihaya General Enterprises Company Ltd, Ntibwa Mjema said the total investment cost of the factory is about 15bn/-.

He said for a long time the company has been buying raw materials for power poles from Sao Hill Forest under Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS).

As for the markets of their products, they have been depending on the internal market and their big customer is Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) and from the advent of Rural Energy (REA) III the demand for the power poles has greatly increased.

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