By PIUS RUGONZIBWA, 19th September 2011 @ 12:24, Total Comments: 1, Hits: 809
THE Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) has announced an operation christened "Operation Kamata Wezi wa Umeme" (KAWEU) and has issued a one-month ultimatum for people with illegally-connected power to surrender.
A statement from the company's Public Relations Office issued on Monday said the notice has been served to all culprits who in one way or another have been involved in power theft and sabotage to surrender to the district, regional and zonal managers before stern measures are taken against them.
"Any customer who will keep hiding despite this notice will definitely be uncovered by KAWEU task force which will conduct house to house crackdown," reads part of the notice.
The notice also calls for all customers to make sure they check their premises' wiring systems and report any leakages or any technical faults that may lead to loss or theft of power.
Customers are also cautioned that any act of negligence during the exercise will lead to customers' power and service lines disconnection without further notice.
"Apart from instituting legal measures, culprits will be liable to payment of value of power lost, fines, inspection fee ranging between 150,000/- and 1m/- and re-connection fee," the notice pointed out.
KAWEU will hold responsible all customers whose meters will be found unsealed, chopped and tampered with and those whose meters are out of order while Tanesco is not aware.
Other actions will be taken against customers who constructed service lines contrary to Tanesco directives and those who use power without payment accounts, those who re-connected power after it was disconnected for payment defaults and those who are supplying power to neighbours contrary to procedures and official agreements.
Customers, according to the notice, have been reminded to leave instructions to other family members regarding the operations and that any customer or member of the public with any query on the notice must inform the nearest Tanesco office for clarification.
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Some of the biggest thieves are employees. They participate in over charging LUKU meters, hooking up users without putting meters in and extracting a fee for that, turning power on and off and charging to fix it. Will Tanesco catch those thieves too?
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