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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Zanzibar Towns to Have Solar Power Installations.

Zanzibar — Almost all major streets in Zanzibar towns on Unguja and Pemba Islands will have solar powered lights should the current discussion between Zanzibar and financiers (China government) succeed.

"The discussions have been progressing well on the project -- that envisages installing solar streets lights. "We expect that the stalled project will proceed soon in Zanzibar Stone Town and its suburbs before shifting to towns in Pemba," said the Minister of State for Finance, economy, and development planning.

The statement was an additional answer to the question asked by legislators who wanted to know whether the project would extended to Pemba Islands. According to Dr Mwinyihaji Makame Mwadini, the minister responsible for Municipal Development, the street lighting project supported by Chinese financiers, started as a pilot project in some parts of the Zanzibar Stone Town.

Mwadini said that since the pilot phase has shown success the government requested China to support the implementation of the entire project including Pemba towns of Chakechake, Mkoani and Wete.

He said that the project would also help the municipal council to minimize costs of using traditional lights from hydroelectricity through the National Grid. The House was informed that the Zanzibar Municipal Council owes the Zanzibar Electricity Company (ZECO) more than 200m/- for the streets lights.

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