THE Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe has directed the board of directors to take disciplinary measures against seven Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) managers who were implicated in embezzlement at the institution.
Addressing TAZARA staff in Dar es Salaam, Dr Mwakyembe also ordered the TAZARA management to move out properties of former General Director, Akashambatwa Mbikusita- Lewanika from the authority's house where he still resides to allow the new DG to move in.
The new DG is reported to be putting up in a hotel at the cost of the company while the former is said to refuse to vacate the same as he is awaiting his terminal benefits.
"The board of directors should also review questionable contracts entered by its senior officials," said the minister.
The transport minister said that the authority incurred losses in the tune of 2.4bn/- when members of staff went on strike last week, saying to rescue the situation the government of Zambia offered 5 million US dollars (2bn/-) while Tanzania gave 2bn/- for the same purpose.
"All I want is for you to report back to work tomorrow (today) as all your salary arrears have been cleared," he said.
He noted that the team of researchers who came to carry out a study on why Tazara was operating on losses has completed the study since June this year and that Attorney Generals of both countries would meet for resolutions.
"The attorney generals would suggest on which regulations should be revised in order to improve Tazara operations," he said.
He said Tazara was operating under difficult conditions as the railway line was making losses, saying despite the increase of income of 1.53m/- for the past six months the railway line was spending 2.4bn/- on operations.
Mr Amri Hussein, one of the workers, said some managers were sabotaging the railway line by doing their own business, saying the managers were taking money by operating the wagons between Ndola and Lubumbashi in DRC.