Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the company’s Managing Director Salim Turky, said that all machines are in place but TANESCO has not supplied them with power.
He said that Kisarawe District Commissioner has been asked to intervene by talking to the power utility. “We wanted to test the machines, but we can not do so for lack of power,” he said. He said that the plant is expected to produce 650 tonnes daily when fully production starts.
“The factory has employed 50 permanent staff and 500 more are currently engaged as casual workers,” he said. The new line of 33 KV from Dar es Salaam stretching 78 kilometres to the plant located in Msanga village falls under the Rural Electric Authority (REA) projects.
Recently, Kisarawe District Executive Director, Isaya Moses, was quoted as saying that power connection to the factory has been delayed because compensation has not been done to owners of property to pay way for the electricity lines. “People have to be compensated for loss of property and crops to clear way for the power lines,” he said.
Mr Moses said the exercise will commence this year and that the evaluation process for property to be affected would be done afresh. "We found a lot of cheating and forgery, so we have ordered the exercise done afresh,” he said.
Mr Moses noted that the officials behind the scam have been punished. He said a new team has been picked to carry out the evaluation exercise and a report is expected to be ready within 30 days.
The team involves land planners from the district council, institutions dealing with land management and a few from the central government. The foundation stone was laid by the Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal last year.