UPDATE (08 Mar 2010): Electricity is back in Zanzibar! (thx to quango (LP Thorn Tree))
The island of Zanzibar is without power since 10 Dec 2009 due to a breakdown affecting the 30-year-old undersea cable providing electricity from the Tanzanian mainland. Now the acting Energy Minister of Zanzibar told the media in a press conference that the power outage will last for a minimum of another 6 weeks (20 Feb 2010). He assured that the government of the semi-autonomous island is working 24/7 on the problem.
The opposition party (elections on Zanzibar are scheduled for later this year) is planning a mass protest in Stone Town for Sunday (17 Jan 2010).