Dar es Salaam. President John Magufuli yesterday coordinated Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) to detach energy to all defaulters owing immense wholes, including the Zanzibar government.
Talking before establishing the framework stone for another Tanesco substation in Mtwara, President Magufuli said every single open organization ought to clear their obligations or be disengaged.
He said the Zanzibar government alone, through Zanzibar Electricity Corporation (Zeco), owes Tanesco Sh121 billion.
"Try not to be scared...you ought to slice supply to any foundation which is not paying its bills. I need to tell the Minister (of Energy and Minerals) Prof Sospeter Muhongo) that power ought to be disengaged even to State House. On the off chance that I rest oblivious, then the State House official who didn't pay the bill will be in for it, not you. You have my confirmation on this. Cash to clear obligations is generally assigned to our services yet it is rather diverted somewhere else.
"I'm told the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has not paid Sh121 billion. You (Tanesco) are not politicians...you ought to adhere to your expert obligations...just cut power supply. I've said that paying little respect to whether it's State House, police, armed force or schools, no defaulter ought to be saved. Just along these lines would we be able to guarantee that assets designated to services for power are utilized as arranged so that Tanesco can survive and manage the issue of questionable power. Tanesco can't enhance administrations as a result of unpaid government obligations."
Gone after remark yesterday, the Zanzibar Minister of State in the Second Vice President's Office, Mr Mohammed Aboud, said arrangements were in progress for Zeco to clear its extraordinary obligations with Tanesco.
"President Magufuli's mandates are clear. The obligation must be paid and it will be cleared. We have as of now set out on activities to put this issue behind us for the last time. We have additionally coordinated Zeco not to collect new obligations. The two partner serves as of late held gatherings on this matter and talked about how the obligation will be cleared," Mr Aboud revealed to The Citizen.
President Magufuli's order comes four months after Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) gave the legislature a six-month final offer to pay many billions of shillings owed to Tanesco.
The aggregate obligation was then Sh125 billion, with Zeco and the Union government owing Sh85 billion and Sh40 billion, separately.
The then Tanesco overseeing executive, Mr Felchesmi Mramba, revealed to PAC that they required help in recuperating the obligations, particularly the one owed to Zanzibar, which had been aggregating since 2013.
"The fundamental purpose for the Zanzibar obligation is a critical contrast in duties. Zeco is charging lower taxes than Tanesco, and this implies they are gathering fundamentally not as much as what we charge them. Our taxes are set by the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, and we trust that levies will soon be blended now that Zanzibar has set up the Zanzibar Utilities Regulatory Authority," Mr Mramba told the board of trustees.
PAC director Naghenjwa Kaboyoka needed to know whether the Tanesco administration had taken any "genuine" activity to recuperate the cash, including debilitating to slice supply to the semi-self-ruling archipelago.
Mr Mramba said they had issued such a notice yet the matter was then taken up by the administration.
The then Treasury Registrar, Mr Lawrence Mafuru, disclosed to PAC that Tanesco was doing all in its energy to recuperate the obligation, including that the issue of the Zanzibar obligation was at that point on President Magufuli's work area.
"I was included in the accommodation of the obligation answer to the most abnormal amount of basic leadership in the nation, and I firmly trust that the issue will be settled soon," he said.