Magufuli promises to power Tanzanian villages as campaigns heat up

Tanzania's incumbent president and presidential candidate of ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) John Magufuli speaks during the official launch of the party's campaign at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma on August 29, 2020.

Photo credit: Ericky Boniphace | AFP

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  • He said villages still in the dark will be connected to national power grid within two years.

Dar es Salaam. Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate John Magufuli has promised to fast-track electrification of 2,600 villages that are still in the dark in Tanzania should he be re-elected president.

He said the remaining villages will be connected to the national grid within two years.

Dr Magufuli made the remarks when he addressed Manyoni residents yesterday while on his way to Singida from Dodoma, accompanied by various CCM party cadres.

“There are many things to be done here in Manyoni. If I am elected President, I will make sure that all the pending roads, water and power projects are completed in the shortest possible time (residents) to have access to economic opportunities,” he said.

According to president Magufuli, his government has already connected some 9, 570 villages to the grid in the past five years, saying only 2,018 out of 12,228 total villages had access to electricity when he took over the presidency.

The statistics further indicate that the number of villages with access to electricity rose to 9,112 in April 2020 from 2,018 in 2015.

The number of customers connected to the main grid also reached over 2.766 million, up from 1.473 million, an increase of 1.293 million new connections.

According to the Ministry of Energy, power generation in the country has also increased to 1,601.84 megawatts as of  April 2020 from only 1,308MW in 2015.

The increase in power capacity is attributed to the completion of Kinyerezi I and II natural gas-powered stations that are generating a combined capacity of 398.22MW.