Authorities defend minister connecting electricity to thatched homes

Authorities defend minister connecting electricity to thatched homes

The Government of Tanzania has come to the defence of its Energy Minister, who has for the past week been turned into a 'punching bag' over connecting electricity to grass-thatched houses.

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Authorities said on Sunday,31 March that engineers had devised safety measures that will protect occupants of such houses from harm.

Tanzanian authorities come to the defence of minister ridiculed for connecting electricity to grass thatched homes

Some residents wanted Energy Minister Medard Kalemani (c) to fix leaking roofs and also do away with grass roofs before supplying the houses with electricity. Photo: Tanzania Yetu

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According to residents, many houses in the village were poorly-constructed while others had leaking roofs.

This, they said exposed the citizens to the risk of being electrocuted or their houses burning down due to electric faults.

Some wanted Energy Minister Medard Kalemani to fix leaking roofs and also do away with grass roofs before supplying the houses with electricity.

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“The issue isn’t how the house has been roofed. What matters is which protection equipment is available. That is why there are circuit breakers. Haven’t you seen a good building, roofed with corrugated iron sheet, burning?” posed Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Director General, Amos Maganga.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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