By Devota Mwachang’a
Tanzania’s Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority of Tanzania (EWURA) has denied to comment on the government’s decision on removing annual Motor Vehicle Licence fees to fuel, saying won’t speak now but rather wait for the right time.
The government will increase the excise duty on petrol, kerosene and diesel by Tshs 40 per litre.
Tanzania through its new 2017/2018 national budget tabled on Thursday by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Phillip Mpango said the government considers grievance from motorists and choose to abolish the annual motor Vehicle Licence fee.
Mpango said the duties on fuel per litre on petrol, diesel and kerosene will effective July 1 be 379/-, 255/- and 465/-, respectively. Whilst, the government’s decision means to compensate the revenue after scrapped the road licence.
While, the public members eagerly want to hear from EWURA as regulator, the authority’s Manager for Communication and Public Relations, Titus Kaguo said: “I am not ready right now to comment on the matter, but will talk soon after the Bunge discussions of the matter”
He insisted: “We are not ready to give out comments on the abolition of road licence fee, maybe after the National Assembly to finish its work on the budget then EWURA will have something to tell the public.”
In another development, Kaguo declared to receive application from Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) for extension of electricity generation licence; and denied to issue electricity generation licence to IPTL as some people misinformed.
He said EWURA’s board of directors will sit for discussion on IPTL application after expiration time of collecting views and objections from the public which will be on June 30 this year at 05:00pm.
“We are seeking for the public views or objections within a period of 21 days from June 7 this year where the public announcement issued to June 30, this year” he said.