By ThisDay Reporter 25th November 2009 An intense lobby is underway for the reappointment of current Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) Managing Director Dr Idris Rashidi to continue in the post despite mounting allegations against him, THISDAY has learnt. Rashidi's contract is scheduled to expire this month after serving at the helm of the state-run power utility for the past three years. His is a presidentially-appointed position. Among various other things, the former Bank of Tanzania (BoT) governor has been named by Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over alleged involvement in the military radar scandal. Rashidi himself was recently quoted as saying that he plans to retire from the troubled power company once his current contract expires, and has no interest whatsoever in extending the contract. But well-placed sources have now told THISDAY that various individuals who may have influenced his initial appointment to the TANESCO position back in 2006, are now seeking to ensure he continues as MD and thus maintain a 'status quo' at the company. Rashidi was appointed as TANESCO chief executive officer at the height of the Richmond power generation scandal. According to these sources, the TANESCO board of directors chaired by Peter Ngumbulu has already formally recommended the re-appointment of Rashidi - but under controversial circumstances. As far as I understand, the (TANESCO) board has sent its recommendation in favour of Rashidi to President (Jakaya) Kikwete...but this was done without the consent and consensus of all members (directors) of the board, an official close to the power utility told THISDAY. Ngumbulu was yesterday not available for comment on the implication of a split amongst TANESCO board members (directors) over the Rashidi issue, while acting board chairman Adolar Mapunda flatly declined to comment. "I can't comment anything on that. Talk to the board chairman (Ngumbulu), said Mapunda when reached by THISDAY. Other members of the TANESCO board of directors are Victor Mwambalaswa, Agnes Bukuku, Juma Bakari, Vintan Mbiro, Semindu Pawa, Beatus Segeja, and Ngosi Mwihava. Various government insiders have strongly suggested that the fact that Rashidi is the target of a serious corruption investigation into the military radar transaction should be enough to disqualify him from continued public service. "He (Rashidi) obviously lost all credibility to be the head of TANESCO after being interrogated by SFO officials over his role in the radar corruption scandal, said one government official. Apart from the radar corruption investigation, Rashidi is also widely believed to have displayed major leadership weakness, in the words of another government insider, in pushing so hard for the purchase of rusty power generators from Dowans Holdings AS which inherited the Richmond contract. The Ministry of Energy and Minerals is also understood to have been looking into allegations that Rashidi personally ordered the costly rehabilitation of houses owned by TANESCO, so he could purchase the property cheaply from the public utility. More recently, the TANESCO boss has been roundly criticized by the parliamentary energy and minerals committee, and the public at large, over the passive manner in which the public utility has handled ongoing power blackouts. Rashidi famously declared that he would neither accept responsibility nor blame for the rolling power blackouts, simply because his controversial plans to purchase the second-hand Dowans turbines at a highly-inflated cost were rejected. It has been reported that more than 50 individuals had applied for the soon-to-be vacant post of TANESCO managing director by the application deadline of October 2 this year. A special committee formed by the TANESCO board of directors to process the applications is understood to have come up with a short-list of three names. Board chairman Ngumbulu was recently quoted by a government-owned newspaper as showering lavish praise on Rashidi and asserting that the controversial MD had enough merits to re-apply for the job. These comments have raised speculation in government circles that Ngumbulu, as board chair, is among those in favour of Rashidi's re-appointment. What is wrong with this guy??? So much allegation without proof!!! Is it true or majungus???