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Tanzania: Rea Project Yields Significant Achievement – Kalemani

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RURAL electrification programme being executed across the country thorough Rural Energy Agency (REA) has yielded significant achievement, placing Tanzania in top slots in Africa.

Such impressive success was revealed by Minister for Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani, when launching REA Phase III, second round that will see all villages in the Southern Highland Zone Region of Rukwa being connected to power come next year.

The launch was held over the weekend at Lowe village, Lusaka Ward in Sumbawanga District Council, Rukwa Region. JV & Qwihaya Partnership based in Dar es Salaam has been contracted to undertake the project.

“At least 86 per cent of the villages are now electrified, making the country excel on the African continent with its largest population being able to access reliable and affordable power supply. We are very optimistic that by next year, all villages countrywide will be connected with power by 100 per cent.

“Nigeria and South Africa come second and third respectively,” emphasised the minister.

Equally, Dr Kalemani said about 1,900 villages are yet to be connected with electricity, insisting that they will be connected in the second round of the third phase of the programme.

“The project will cost over 1.24 tri/- and will be implemented in 18 months in all regions across the country,” he said.

Dr Kalemani urged the residents at Lowe village to begin installing wiring in their homes ready for power connection, while contractors were erecting transmission cables in the precinct.