DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Sunday sacked the managing director
of state-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) over
hiked power tariffs.
The sacking of Felchesmi Mramba
came two days after the nation’s energy regulator announced an
energy tariff increase of over 8.5 percent.
Prior to the sacking, Magufuli told worshippers at a church
in Kagera region that it was unacceptable for the power firm to
increase tariffs while the country was yearning for an
"Our industrial drive will not succeed if we keep on
increasing electricity tariffs," the president said.
Magufuli appointed Tito Mwinuka to replace Mramba , said a
statement from the Directorate of Presidential Communication.
Last October, TANESCO submitted a request to increase power
tariffs by 18.19 percent on the grounds that it would help
finance its operational and capital investment program in order
to meet the government’s target to have at least 75 percent of
the population connected to electricity by 2025.