The Board of Directors of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has demoted the company directors and top managers over low performance and lacking necessary education qualifications that meet the requirements of their positions.
Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Board Chairman, Eng Emmanuel Korosso, however, said the removal does not include the current Managing Director, Mr Ladislaus Matindi.
"This decision was reached on November 18, this year, when the board met and discussed on its plan to restructure the whole organisation and come up with a shortterm interim business plan in meeting its intended goals," said Eng Korosso.
The decision to relieve them of their duties was also facilitated by the fact that most of the directors were acting in the positions and since they were not confirmed, they will be slotted into posts that match with their educational qualifications.
However, he said, the directors who were confirmed, the board has ordered that they are assigned other duties as per their qualifications.
In line with the above orders, the MD has been directed to advertise the positions in relation to the interim organisation structure that consist of three directorates. The MD, Mr Matindi, explained that the former structure consisted of five directorates, but the short term structure contains three.
He should therefore advertise the positions along with others as he sees fit, since the current staff's performance is unsatisfactory.
Eng Korosso added that currently, the company had obtained staff totalling 221, noting that when all planes arrive the demand will be 350. He, however, declared that the ATCL had been facing several challenges including flight delay and lack of availability of the company's services in some intended areas.
"ATCL has worked on the problems to a large extent by improving its services and some of the routes have not been reached due to a shortage of pilots to handle the aircraft. Some of our pilots were still undergoing training, a situation that requires them to use the same aircraft," noted the Chairman.
The trainings of four pilots have been completed whereas the remaining four are still going on - up to end of this month. "Once the pilots are done with trainings, we will be able to extend our services to Bukoba, Mbeya and morning flights services for Mwanza.
The last phase of the trainings are anticipated to end by December, thereby leading ATCL to have a total of 13 pilots," pointed out the chairman. He cited notable achievements with the arrival of the two Bombardier Q400s, pointing out that they have helped to boost revenues.
On the other hand, the chairman said collection of revenues at stations and by agents has improved through regular follow-ups. "The company has reduced unnecessary spending and improved discipline in procurement, a move that has enabled the company to start clearing some of its small debts.
In the case of all other debts, a special audit is being carried out to scrutinise on their authenticity," he said. The board has also given orders for the management to suspend the voluntary agreement that had been offered to the workers, thereby ending up creating a loophole for some to abuse the privilege of using free tickets or at a reduced price.
"From now onwards all the workers along with their family members will be granted free tickets once in a year as a leave requirement as well as those offered at a reduced price," stressed Eng Korosso.
He added that they have begun to conduct a verification process to determine on the areas that require the use of agents.