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Chinese firm leased obsolete aircraft for Air Tanzania

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by livefire, May 21, 2012.

  1. livefire

    livefire JF-Expert Member

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    China Sonangol International Holdings Ltd, the Chinese government investment firm, has been plunged into fresh controversy following revelation that it procured obsolete aircraft for the Tanzanian flag carrier.

    One of the three aircraft purchased by China Sonangol, a Dash 8 300 series operated by Air Tanzania Corporation Ltd (ATCL) crashed in April at Kigoma Airport in western Tanzania, injuring 35 passengers and four crew members. The aircraft is now a write-off.

    A detailed report by the Controller and Auditor seen by The EastAfrican last week says that China Sonangol, as the lead investor in ATCL with a 49 per cent stake, in 2007 leased two secondhand aircraft contrary to a memorandum of understanding entered with the government of Tanzania that same year, after the breakup of the partnership with South African Airways in September 2006.

    The planes were a Bombardier Dash 8-Q300 and an Airbus A320-214 that was all of 10 years old. In January 2009, the Airbus A320
    underwent a Check D, also known as a Heavy Maintenance Visit, which is done after every four to five years.

    Subsequently in July 2010, the aircraft was returned to the lessor, a Lebanese firm, Wallis Trading Company. The government on paper incurred a loss of $39 million on the lease of the Airbus, which according to the report did not fly. But the report further shows that the debt accumulated from the transactions with the Lebanese firm rose to Tsh322 billion ($200 million), enough to purchase three brand new Airbuses of the same series.

    According to Airbus Aircraft 2012 Average List prices, the purchase order price of a brand new Airbus A320 series is $88.3 million.

    Controller and Auditor General Ludovick Utouh says that the government involvement in business decision making at ATCL is a serious problem.
     
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    embu lete chanzo ili nisome kwa undani zaidi..... maana hii ni zaidi ya janga.....
     
  3. livefire

    livefire JF-Expert Member

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    http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Chinese+firm+leased+obsolete+aircraft+for+Air+Tanzania/-/2558/1409032/-/tclnyt/-/index.html
     
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    matsuo Senior Member

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    That's the lost money was enough to buy three brand new Aircraft's is mind boggling; This is very sad!! Why would anyone in his right mind allow his government to be swindled like this?? Or it all boils down to corruption and kick-backs. Corruption is a disease that will for sure keep Africa poor for many decades to come…the time is nigh to declare death penalty on corrupt individuals
     
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    livefire JF-Expert Member

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    that bit in itself has left me wondering on the necessity of both the SA and Chineese alliances. A chance for 3 brand new airbus... Corruption and ignorant leadership are to blame. The whole board is culpable n stinks of corruption. Call it a bad bank draft to the tune of a whooping $240+ million to the drain.
     
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    viongozi wetu sijui wamefanywa nini na wachina-coz biashara wanayofanya nao-inatugarimu sana sisi ila wao wapo tu
     
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    BUBE JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu nadhani serikali yetu haiwezi kufanya biashara. Lazima tukubaliane hili, maana kwa sehemu watu wanatanguliza maslahi binafsi kwenye vitu makini kama hivi. Hebu jiulize, wale ambao walinusurika kufa KIGOMA wanamwonaje mchina, mtz aliyenunua ndege hii na serikali yetu? Je ni sahihi kuendelea kuwa na watu wa jinsi hii ofisini?

    Huu nao ni Upepo...utapita bila kuona hatua ya kisheria ikichukuliwa na wachina kurudisha chenji kama walivyofanya waingereza na radar
     
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    sblandes JF-Expert Member

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    Kila siku ni bad news tu
     
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    Ndinani JF-Expert Member

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    The board of ATCL was not involved in this transaction and that is the reason the CAG blames the government's involvement in the decision making process of ATCL in this transaction!!I wish he went farther to pinpoint the government functionaries who were directly responsible for this transaction!!
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    200m $ loss na hakuna mtu yeyote aliyepelekwa mahakamani kujibu hili??? hivi kuna serikali kweli?
     
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    Bukyanagandi JF-Expert Member

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    Livefire, I thought the planes were bought straight from CANADA! by the way who filed this POST? Strange indeed.
     
  12. livefire

    livefire JF-Expert Member

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    apparently u (tanzanians) were duped. The planes were kinda rejects. Some cronies must have benefitted somewhere from the whole deal. Where's air tanzania now? *sad reality. i filed the post as it actually took me by surprise too...the sourcing/tender process must have been flawed.
     
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    Hi Mataka (former GM wa ATCL) ile kesi yake inahusu nini?
     
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    no wonder we are mark timing while others are running!
    Poor ATCL!
    Corrupt leaders killed the flag carrier and propelled Precision Air to take over the routes.
    I do not know who will save our country.
    It is a dumping ground for everything......
     
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    At the same time, the TAKUKURU's officials are flourishing for the well done job!
     
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    Jujuman JF-Expert Member

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    KOBA:
    ipo MAHAKAMA kwa wezi wa Kuku na Wamachinga wanaouza bidhaa katika maeneo yasiyoruhusiwa, Vibaka wa mitaani na Wanyonge wengine. Kwa kifupi WAJINGA NDIO WALIWAO/TULIWAO!!
     
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    Jujuman JF-Expert Member

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    L/F
    No ONE is ignorant these m..... f.... b....ts KNOWS exactly what their doing!!! Its the big f.... CORRUPTION and nothing else.
     
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    Tatizo ni kina Chambo pale Wizarani
     
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