Theft of electricity cables cost Mozambique more than US$51 million in the last 5 years

1 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 1 April – The Mozambican state lost more than US$51 million in the last 5 years as a result of theft of electricity cables and of energy, the country’s Energy Minister Salvador Namburete said in Maputo.

In the period set aside to answer questions from members of parliament, following the debate of the government’s five-year programme, the minister said that theft of cables was also delaying the programme for electrification of rural areas.

In response to a question from the Commission of Planning and Budget of the Republican Assembly, which recommended that the government introduce concrete actions that will make it possible to supply better quality energy to industrial and domestic units, Namburete said that in order to do that the state needed a further 27 billion meticals (US$1 billion).

In the energy sector, the government has challenged itself in the 2010-2014 period to create conditions for expansion of energy infrastructures in order to take electricity to all of the country’s districts and the minister added that currently over 3.5 million Mozambicans had access to electricity from the Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric facility. (macauhub)