Tazara To Get Financial Boost

Tazara To Get Financial Boost.

The Tanzanian government has pledged to release K32.8 million to revamp the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), which is currently financially constrained. As of September 2015, the Tanzanian government has also confirmed that all TAZARA employees have been put on the civil service pay roll.

Tanzanian permanent secretary of transport Shaaban Mwinjaka made these pronouncements on Saturday when he addressed over 300 TAZARA workers in Dar-es-Salaam.

In a statement released yesterday by TAZARA head of public relations Conrad Simuchile, Dr Mwinjaka said the money would be released in the next two weeks.

He said the Tanzanian and Zambian governments are both determined to revamp TAZARA.

The address came in the wake of demands by unionized employees of TAZARA to be addressed by President Jakaya Kikwete following failure by the authority to clear outstanding salary arrears.

At the same meeting, Tanzania chief secretary Ombeni Sefuwe told the workers that the Tanzanian and Zambian governments attach a lot of importance to TAZARA and would never allow the company to collapse.