Tanesco relaunches crackdown on illegal electricity connections in Dar

19Jan 2016
Felister Peter
The Guardian
Tanesco relaunches crackdown on illegal electricity connections in Dar

THE Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) in Kinondoni’s Southern Zone has launched a crackdown to nab culprits involved in illegal electricity connections.

The Managing Director of TANESCO, Eng Felichesmi Mramba.

Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam Kinondoni Southern Zone Manager, Shami Dunia said the operation started on January 16 and is now being reinforced with new zeal. He said the operation will entail physical inspections to identify the offenders.
“There are some customers who have been illegally enjoying power services for free,” he said “…this practice is unlawful, unfair and causes the country huge losses,” he said.
The Manager warned that stern legal actions will befall every lawbreaker proved guilty of stealing electricity. He said the punitive measures will include payment of hefty fines and possible jail time.
“They will also be penalized to pay electricity meter inspection charges,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tanesco’s Kinondoni South Zone Engineer, Mrisho Sangiwa said the operation has started in Manzese and Tandale where inspection officers are going house to house.
“Stealing electricity causes huge losses to the company and contributes to destruction of infrastructures,” he said.
“I call upon every customer to refrain from stealing electricity because stringent measures will be taken against them,” warned Sangiwa.
Last year, the then Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals Charles Mwijage directed Tanesco to submit a report of institutions that steal electricity for disciplinary action. He asked the electricity company to start working on the Dar es Salaam and Coastal zones.
He said Tanesco was producing electricity at high operation costs but unfaithful people steal the electricity a crime that will not be tolerated because the government loses a lot of revenue and the company’s efforts to supply electricity to other legitimate customers fail.

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