EYE SPY: Here comes another 'Richmond'? Adam Lusekelo THIS DAY Dar es Salaam LOVELY! Tanesco is zapping Tanzanians with yet another power-rationing schedule that will see us go without electricity for up to 10 hours. Have we been there before? Yes, indeed. And we didn't like it one bit. The Richmond fraud is still stinking to sky high throughout our country. It could happen again, you know. There are many reasons to fear for the worst. This time it is a Songas breakdown. Three turbines failed earlier this week. Energy and Minerals Minister Bill Ngeleja is said to have moved to allay fears that the latest power crisis will last for eternity. Eti, measures had been taken to mitigate the effects of the loss of 100MW from the national grid following the Songas breakdown. Now Songas is a relevantly 'newish' set-up. Has it been under some warranty or guarantee or something? Or will Tanesco have to go begging to the Treasury? I hear experts from the US-based General Electric Company (GEC) arrived on Thursday to examine the three turbines. There is a lot of play around this deal. Bill Ngeleja said that Tanesco technicians discovered that the Songas turbines were faulty during a routine check-up, but added that further inspection showed that the turbines could be repaired within a relatively short time. One wonders, why didn't the Tanesco technicians fix the problem in the first place? Or is it what I usually fear most that Tanesco 'technicians' cannot match GEC 'experts' from the US? (Reminds you of the Late Mwalimu Nyerere's story of African 'rat-catchers' and wazungu 'rodent officers'). The thinking right now is still that African artists produce 'wood carvers'. If they are wazungu they are called 'sculptors'. The minister, Bill Ngeleja, said that Tanesco technicians found the fault. Couldn't Tanesco e-mail for a new spare part and replace the offending part? It is now quite huge, this 'expert' industry. I have seen electrical technicians from abroad who came to be paid obscene salaries as 'experts'. At the rate we are going now, we are going to import electricity 'experts' from abroad who will come to help us to change our light bulbs! The country is watching the whole show with great apprehension. Or else our biggest fear is that we should 'float' a tender to buy another set of turbines to replace the ones there are. This tender could be awarded to some fictitious company in the US of A. Then payment, amounting to billions, would be made to that fictitious company. When the fake company is caught stealing it will be stopped, but no questions will be asked. No one will be arrested or penalized. The company will quieten things up by bribing a political party so that it wins kwa kishindo. Believe me the risk to steal is worth taking, since no one will be penalized for any wrong doing. After all it is not in our culture to penalize culprits!