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Govt comes to TRL aid, again

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by BAK, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    Govt comes to TRL aid, again

    2008-10-27 12:43:25
    By Joyce Kisaka

    The government announced yesterday that it would facilitate a USD 83 million loan (equivalent to 99bn/-) to bail out the Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL) from a biting labour dispute over salary ceilings.

    The money is also intended to stabilize operations of the railway company.

    Since its divestiture in the form of lease to Rites, a giant international Indian public owned firm, the giant cargo and passenger carrier has been preoccupied by labour disputes as customers complain of sub-standard services.

    Infrastructure Development permanent secretary Omar Chambo yesterday told The Guardian in an exclusive interview in Dar es Salaam that the bail out was part of the government�s sustained efforts of seeking a permanent solution to problems plaguing the railway firm.

    TRL staff, through their trade union branch, had given the management until the end of this month as a deadline for settlement of all outstanding dues, or else a workers` strike was imminent.

    Chambo said the government hoped the proposed loan would help rescue TRL from being entangled in chronic wage crisis and monthly top ups.

    The PS said TRL would soon access the loan, as the process for clearing the facility was at ``very advanced stage.`` According to Chambo, the loan will have a prescribed payback period.

    The PS said the government would not look idly as TRL was dying, knowing pretty well that it held 49 per cent of its shares on behalf of taxpayers.

    ``We have averted two workers� strikes. We are going to do so once again. Let us now act to stabilize the company,`` he said.

    Chambo said this month�s salary package was ready, but from now onwards, TRL should be able to raise its own funds and continue paying the new wages.

    He said although Rites would receive the loan, still the government would assess its performance and review the contract to see if there was an area that called for improvement or changes.

    ``We can modify and improve the contract or even revoke it, if deemed necessary,`` said the PS.
    Responding to a question as to how Rites won the tender, given its apparent unstable financially condition, he said when the government floated the tender, the bidding was done by only two companies, namely Rites and Rift Valley Railways (RVR) of Kenya.

    He said quite unfortunately, Kenya`s RVR withdrew at the eleventh hour and Rites remained the sole contender for the job.

    The government entered into a contract to lease the 2,700-kilometre long railway services to India�s Rites on a 25-year deal starting 2007.

    TRL took over the operations of the corporation in October last year when the World Bank released USD 33m for rehabilitating 90 locomotives, 1,280 freight wagons and 100 passenger coaches and upgrading the rail track.

    It also funded the privatization process that saw the phasing out of the formerly state-owned Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC). The International Finance Corporation has also lent TRL USD 44m for the same purpose.

    Tanzania`s railway system is used for ferrying transit goods to landlocked Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Zambia.

    SOURCE: Guardian
     
  2. Sajenti

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    TRL ni muwekezaji kweli au ndio wasanii wa kidosi hawa??? Nadhani na serikali watakuwa wana lao jambo humo mbona kubebana kumekithiri kiasi hiki???
     
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    ``We can modify and improve the contract or even revoke it, if deemed necessary,`` said the PS.
    Responding to a question as to how Rites won the tender, given its apparent unstable financially condition, he said when the government floated the tender, the bidding was done by only two companies, namely Rites and Rift Valley Railways (RVR) of Kenya.

    He said quite unfortunately, Kenya`s RVR withdrew at the eleventh hour and Rites remained the sole contender for the job.


    Huyu PS mbona anachosha kama aliyeonyesha interest ni mmoja kwanini isitangazwe tena ?
     
  4. deny_all

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    Ilikuwa ni lazima wapewe? Mbona tenda nyingi za serikali zinatangaza upya ikionekana hazikukidhi matarajio.
     
  5. Masaki

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    Kuna harufu ya rushwa na madudu mengine humo. Hao TRL kuna siku nilimsikiliza Pinda akihojiwa na Clouds FM, kwa kweli nilikata tamaa kabisa. Yaani hao wahindi wamekuja na PROPOSAL TU basi, hawakuja na pesa zozote.

    Wao walichofanya ni kuandika muhtasari wa jinsi ya kuliokoa shirika la reli ambao utawawezesha kupata mkopo toka IFC. Moja ya masharti ya mkopo huo ni kwa Serikali ya Tanzania ku-deposit USD 35 millions, ndipo TRL wapewe mkopo (sikumbuki ni kiasi gani cha pesa).

    Pia TRL, walileta mabehewa na vichwa vya treni vilivyokwisha tumika toka India. Pinda alipoulizwa ni muwekezaji gani huyo hawezi kulipa mishahara ya wafanyakazi na pia analeta vichwa vichakavu, akajibu hilo ni tatizo la Serikali kuchelewa kutoa zile USD 35 Millions kwa IFC, ili TRL wapate mkopo. Kwa hiyo eti hata hivyo TRL wamejitahidi kwa kuleta angalau hayo mabehewa yaliyotumika na vichwa vya treni pia vichakavu!

    Pia, Wahindi wale wame-propose kung'oa ile reli yetu na kuweka nyingine. Wataalamu wanasema kwamba, wale wahindi wana mpango wa kufunga reli ya alumium ambayo itadumu kwa miaka 25 tu! Watang'oa reli yetu ambayo ni chuma tupu tuliyoachiwa na mkoloni ambayo inakaribia kuwa na miaka 100. Reli hiyo ambayo ni mali sana inayotakiwa katika viwanda vinavyonunua chuma chakavu, itawapatia wahindi wale pesa nyingi sana, na wala hawatahitaji tena kuhangaika na shirika letu. Pia TRL ina mali nyingi sana zisizohamishika lakini ziko IDLE (non perfoming assets), wataziuza na kutengeneza pesa nzuri tu (kama walivyofanya wale walionunua NBC, waliuza nyumba na majengo mengi ya NBC kwa bei kubwa sana kwa kuwa zilikuwa kwenye maeneo yenye mvuto wa makazi na biashara).

    Sasa swali linakuja, ina maana Waziri pamoja na Watalaamu wake hawayajui haya? Lazima wanayajua ila wamefumbwa mdogo kwa RUSHWA!!!!
     
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    TRL ni muwekezwaji....
     
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    Watanzania tunazidi KUWEKEZWA!!
     
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