Dailynews Reporter Daily News; Friday,April 11, 2008 @00:02 THE government is looking for funds to facilitate implementation of the North West Power Grid project that will see several municipalities and townships in southern highlands and western parts of the country connected to the national grid. The Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr Adam Malima, told the National Assembly yesterday that the areas that would benefit from the project included Mbeya City, Tunduma, Sumbawanga, Mpanda, Kigoma, Kibondo, Nyakanazi and Rusumo Falls . Mr Malima was answering Mr Ludovick Mwananzila (Kalambo-CCM) who wanted to know government plans to connect Rukwa region to the national power grid. The legislator also wanted to know when the entire Kalambo constituency would get power supply. He also recommended the use of other water sources including rivers that existed in Rukwa to generate power. The deputy minister said the government in collaboration with the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) and other stakeholders had been looking for various sources to enable many more parts of the country get electricity supply. But shortage of funds to facilitate implementation of the projects that have been drawn up remains a problem, he said. Mr Malima said the government was looking for funds to finance construction of a hydropower generation plant at Nzovwe falls in Rukwa region. Some 21.8 million US dollars is needed for that work, he said. Meanwhile, the deputy minister said efforts were being done to solve the problem of low voltage in areas that get electricity from Zambia. He said the government would replace the present 11 KV line with a 33KV as soon as funds to facilitate the work were obtained. We will continue with efforts to find a lasting solution to the problem. We will keep constant contact with the Zambia Electric Supply Company (ZESCO) to see if the problem could be minimized as soon as possible, he said. He added that Zambia was also facing power shortages. He was answering Dr Luka Siyame who wanted to know when the system that supplied low voltage would be replaced with the 33KVA line. My Take: - Either there is one fuse that is loose from our leaders combined brains or more than one fuse is out! - That we only need 22 Million US Dollars to construct the damn in Nzovwe and that to get that money is a "problem" is beyond belief. Because our leaders can't figure out where to get this money.. I have volunteered to propose some certain ways to do that. a. Halt payment to Dowans for 137 days....! i.e from May to September and walaah! the money is there! b. Because we already received 60 Million dollars back from EPA con-artists.. why not just take one third of that and start the project. c. The US government through the MCA gave us (nikiwa mmoja wa wadau) about 698 Million Dollars.. if you just take 22 million out of that you are still left with about 676 change.. not a big dent is it? d. We have about 25 Ministries, why not ask (no demand) that each Ministry should contribute just a little 1 million US dollars for "NZOVWE HYDRO DAM PROJECT"... and by the end of next week you have 25 million US dollars.. hizo nyingine 3 million tunaweza kufumba macho tusitake kujua zilikoelekea... ingawa tutajua zimeliwa kiufisadi.. e. Do I need to keep doing this? Well Mr. Malima yaani you katika serikali yetu hakuna mtu anayeweza kujua kipaumbele? We are leasing an Airbus for 30 Million USD while our people don't have electricity? We are buying another Airbus for about 70 Million USD (with a guarantee to buy five more in few years).. yaani we really can't find some 22 Millions USD dollars kwa mradi muhimu kama huu wa nishati? Kama hamtaki si MSEME TU KWAMBA HAMTAKI? GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!