12 October 2018

Tanzania: Makonda Promises to Resolve Dart Problems in 3 Days

DAR ES SALAAM Regional Commissioner (RC) Paul Makonda yesterday promised to resolve Dar Rapid Transit (DART) problems in the next three days.

Mr Makonda made the pledge yesterday morning when he visited Kimara terminal to assess the situation. The 'Daily News' yesterday reported inconveniences that city commuters relying on DART services were being subjected to, with some of them finding it difficult to go to work due to the bus scarcity especially during peak hours.

Other problems complained about were speeding as well as mechanical faults while some passengers suffocated, with primary school pupils fainting within the bus and eventually reaching their destinations late.

Mr Makonda also promised that his office plans to buy 20 buses that will be used for transporting secondary and primary school children only. The RC said his office is in the final stages of introducing 20 new buses exclusively for students.

The buses will use the same DART roads. "Security officers at DART stations must protect people and their belongings.

President (John) Magufuli's order to install security cameras must be executed immediately, security officers should henceforth stop harassing passengers" he stressed. The RC also declared that the ban on photo taking DART stations was lifted.

"Use your mobile phones to record all harassments and share them, they will reach us," said Mr Makonda amid cheers.

He vowed to contact Minister of State in the President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Selemani Jafo, "To tell us when this situation will be rectified."

The RC hinted that the ministry will as well deal with ticketing system, with electronic cards put in place for the government to effectively collect its revenues.

Mr Makonda also prohibited buses from skipping stations, leaving passengers stranded. Some commuters using DART buses expressed some reliefs yesterday, citing overloading and long stays at stations waiting for buses.


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