13 September 2012

Tanzania: Tazara Boss Hails Chinese Researchers

THE management of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) has been impressed by the speed of the study being conducted by Chinese experts to establish challenges facing the jointly owned railway line.

Tazara Managing Director, Mr Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika said in Dar es Salaam that the team of 140 Chinese experts was already in the field to establish both technical and managerial problems.

"We cannot pinpoint anyone on problems facing Tazara. We are all being part of the problems as they (problems) are in the hands of all stakeholders of Tazara," admitted the Tazara boss.

He was speaking after handing over documentary response of the questionnaires to the Tazara Rehabilitation Project Manager, Mr Jia Guangzhi whose team of researchers jetted off for Zambia after the event. Mr Mbikusita-Lewanika noted that the report on the study would be submitted to the governments of the partner states in June next year for the major renovation of the railway line.

Tazara Deputy Director, Mr Damas Ndumbaro said underfunding was the major setback to many railway lines' success in Africa, saying the governments should earmark enough funds to improve the railways' operations. "We are optimistic that after the study Tazara will be one of the best railways to provide services," he said.

Last week, the Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, said the government opted for independent researchers because most of the challenges were involving management, saying the study will provide the government with recommendation on how best to run the railway.

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