The Bulldozer, President Magufuli has fired the head of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) for increasing electricity tariffs last week.
President Magufuli is not new to relieving mischievous officials from their duties. He has gone as far as firing his bossom friend for appearing drunk to an official proceeding.
Adding to the growing list of sacked top government officials is Felchesmi Mramba, Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) boss.
Report says that last week, TANESCO boss increased electricity tariffs by 8.53%. For that, Magufuli fired him.
The President is of the view that the tariff hike from the head of the state-run electricity company would hamper his plan to boost industrialization in the country.
About 50 million, which is 40 percent of Tanzania’s population has access to electricity. According to Magufuli’s administration, the goal is to push that rate up to 75 percent by 2025.
He made Felchesmi Mramba’s sack and the reason for it public in an official press statement,
“It’s unacceptable that while we are making plans to build manufacturing industries and ensure more citizens have access to electricity…someone else uses his position to increase power tariffs.”
After the sack the president also reversed the tariff hikes back to normal.
In replacement of the fired TANESCO director, a lecturer at the state-run University of Dar es Salaam, Tito Esau Mwinuka has been appointed as acting managing director of the power firm.
Access to sufficient electricity supply is as mush an issue for Tanzania as it is for various sub-Saharan countries.
Over the course of 10 years, the east African nation has battled with chronic power shortages; regardless of having reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas. This happens to be a direct effect of drought on their hydro-power dams.
As one of the major priorities of the government, TANESCO has reportedly sought loans from World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and commercial lenders in order to transform the company.