On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, Dr. Doto Biteko, declared an end to power rationing in Tanzania following an increase in electricity production.

The power rationing began in September 2023 due to a shortfall in electricity generation capacity from various sources.

Related to the situation, on September 25, 2023, President Samia Suluhu Hassan gave the new Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) boss Gissima Nyamo-Hanga six months to ensure electricity availability.

During the launch of the 2024 Energy Week at the Parliament grounds, Dr. Biteko announced the end of power rationing in Tanzania.

He stated that while there had been power cuts in the country previously, they were now a thing of the past due to the sufficient electricity supply.

“As I speak, we have enough electricity, and we have standby generators waiting to be activated if needed. For instance, today we haven’t activated the 150 megawatts at Kinyerezi because we have enough electricity,” he said.

Dr. Biteko acknowledged that the current challenge lies in infrastructure, which they continue to improve in various areas.

He commended Tanesco for their efforts, especially during the time when the Kidatu hydroelectric plant encountered difficulties.

According to him, there was an issue with one of the valves at the Kidatu hydroelectric plant during the Easter holiday, causing flooding in the control room.

When he called the person in charge of hydroelectric projects and asked how long it would take to restore power, he was told three days.

“At Easter, my energy to continue celebrating the resurrection of Jesus ran out. I told everyone, let’s go to the site,” he said.

They worked from eight o’clock at night, and by nine o’clock the next afternoon, they had finished.

Additionally, many power poles fell during the rains, and they have been transporting poles using donkey-drawn carts to reach inaccessible areas.

Dr. Biteko mentioned that during a meeting with CCM MPs, they emphasized the need for action over mere words, highlighting the importance of electricity.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mussa Zungu pledged to collaborate with the government to ensure that plans are executed and funds are provided as they believe they will yield returns and benefit the citizens.

He praised President Samia for fulfilling her promises regarding electricity.

“The groups that used to complain about electricity now have no contributors because the situation is different from last year or three months ago. Those groups used to exhaust data up to 20,000 shillings a day,” he said.

He acknowledged that there are still minor challenges, but they are being addressed.

Kilumbe Ng’enda, Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy and Minerals, requested the government to oversee the importation of gas as currently, each company imports individually.

“We must have an authority overseeing the collective importation of gas to ensure affordability and quality,” he said.

Francis Ndulane, representing the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Investments (PIC), expressed the committee’s desire for the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project (JNHPP) to be completed quickly.

He stated that the project costs 6.5 trillion shillings, with completion progress at 97.43%, and payments totaling 5.97 trillion shillings, equivalent to 91%.

“It will boost morale and attract investors, so it is the committee’s plea to ensure that this project is completed within the set timeframe to enable it to achieve productivity and the financial value invested,” he said.

He also mentioned the electricity infrastructure challenges in the regions of Lindi and Mtwara, especially during the ongoing rainy season, requesting the installation of concrete poles in water-flowing valleys.