TANZANIAN INCUMBENT TTCL LOSES US$2.8M TO VANDALISM OVER 3 YEARS

Telecoms

TTCL is spending thousands of dollars in its fight against vandals. TTCL officials said in October alone, the state-owned company spent Tsh47.1 million ($44,857) to protect 38 of its installations in Dar es Salaam and Tsh6.3 million ($6,000) to reward those helping it fight vandalism.

The latest incident occured last week when vandals stole cables from the Lugalo Military Barracks of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces. The chief executive officer, George Mbowe, said that, over the past four years, the company had incurred a loss of Tsh3 billion ($2.8 million) due to vandalism, sabotage and thefts.

Mbowe said between January and September, the company had lost Tsh358 million ($340,952) to the vice. "Vandalism and thefts makes the whole country suffer because it also affects voice and data communications," he said. "Some of the cases are pure sabotage, considering that some of the copper wires they vandalise are too short to be sold anywhere. In other cases, the stolen wire is melted to make ornamental objects while some is sold abroad as scrap copper", said Mr Mbowe. He said the areas most hit by vandalism in Dar es Salaam are Pugu Road, Gongo la Mboto, Uwanja wa Ndege, Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam, Kinondoni, Mbezi, Masaki and Kimala.

The East African